Curation: The Glue That Holds Worship Together
Jan16

Curation: The Glue That Holds Worship Together

Curation: The Glue That Holds Worship Together   I first coined the term “worship curator” about 20 years ago after participating in a fairly bizarre art installation that consisted of a series of large ponds filled with paint.   I had been putting together weekly community worship events and theme-specific ambient worship spaces, and what I would now describe as “transitional worship” events, for some...

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Raw Creativity
Jan10

Raw Creativity

  “In the beginning God created…” (Gen. 1:1)   What exactly is God’s motivation for creating?  His actions are driven by and ended in love—nothing more, nothing less!  Our actions should follow likewise.  So, what about the method of our creating?  If we truly know and love God, and desire to serve him with all our heart, soul, and mind, how do we take our passion, idea, or desire and turn it into something that can actually be...

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Rejection
Dec22

Rejection

  Every artist faces rejection. For writers it’s usually at the hands of an agent, editor, critique group, beta reader, or terrible Amazon review. To be clear, rejection is not the same as helpful suggestions or critiques (like ways to strengthen underdeveloped characters, plot holes, the dreaded sagging middle, etc). Rejection is a flat out dismissal of a writer’s ideas, work or abilities. Although some writers are able to...

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Singing Lies
Dec16

Singing Lies

Back in September of 2006, I was listening to Jason Upton teach on worship at the Lifelight Music Festival in Sioux Falls. He said something that day that has inspired The Psalms Project concept ever since: “Bono (of U2 fame) once said, ‘I don’t listen to Gospel music because it isn’t honest. That’s why I listen to Nine Inch Nails.’” After clarifying the fact that he didn’t necessarily agree with Bono’s solution to the lack of honesty...

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The Church Year: Redeeming Time and Ordering Worship
Dec08

The Church Year: Redeeming Time and Ordering Worship

    The Advent Season is officially upon us and the marker that begins the historical “Christian year.” The Christian year or church year is a way Christian worship tells God’s story. Over the course of several centuries, the Christian church has ordered worship according to cycles of time by developing a church year or a liturgical calendar. The expression church year refers to the regular sequence of days,...

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The Creative Process
Dec06

The Creative Process

  Every one of us is filled with imagination, creativity, and ingenious ability. We need to recognize this about ourselves because it is foundational to who we are as humans, and, the fact is, everything we do and think is connected to what we believe.  Our theological belief about God and our ontological (big word meaning “being”) belief about who we are comes out in everything we do. Whatever comes out of or goes into our five...

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The Wonder of the Word in Corporate Worship
Nov29

The Wonder of the Word in Corporate Worship

  As a child, I loved to sing in church. When we opened our hymnals, I understood, there was an emotional connection to what we were doing in song. I felt it. Glorious truth paired with stirring melody was a combination that connected with me deeply. Some of the older women of the church would shed tears as they sang songs of God’s faithfulness. I remember the joy on my father’s face as he would bellow out truth, eyebrows raised...

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Theology of Technology: iPhone and Apple Watch
Nov22

Theology of Technology: iPhone and Apple Watch

  It is no secret that the iPhone is a wild success, and with the launch of the iPhone 6 series, I’m sure Apple will not be slowing down in their influence any time soon.  In this post, I will not be making an attempt to slander Apple—ha, I’m writing this post on my MacBook Air, Tweeting it with my iPhone, and it’s stored in my iCloud, so it’s no secret that I love Apple products—but I want to think theologically for a second....

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The Desert
Nov10

The Desert

    For the last several years whenever my family has more than a few days of consecutive vacation time we tend to flee to the deserts of Utah, soaking in the magic of places like Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, and my all time favorite: Moab. The beauty of these arid spaces boggles my mind. I love the vast stretches of openness, unmarred by massed humanity, strip malls and suburbs. I admire the extreme essence of the...

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Worship is the Goal of Missions
Nov08

Worship is the Goal of Missions

  As worship leaders, our lives and leadership must reflect the gravity of unreached peoples. John Piper says, “Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” As those who have been commissioned to help lead people in worship, this must break our hearts. Worship leaders are a part of God’s story: we tell the story in song and in prayer. We are a part of the going and sending of the church. The Need for Missions Say among the nations,...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0101 – Debriefing the Songs & Stories Tour
Nov16

Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0101 – Debriefing the Songs & Stories Tour

In this episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, David and Kevin talk about the concert that David had recently attended. The Steven Curtis Chapman, Songs & Stories Tour. As we say on the podcast, if you haven’t been to it, you should go! And there’s plenty of time to go catch a concert!!! We also talk about the solution Keven & the guys from AGI came up with for their Subs and some other fun stuff!!!...

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Inspiration

We have a Saturday Night Service. This last Saturday night was February 14th. Know where I’m going? No, I’m not talking about the service we did, I’m talking about missing getting spend Valentine’s Day with my sweetheart. So, since we couldn’t do anything on Valentine’s day, we went out on Monday Night, the 16th instead, and it was a good night. Almost 7 years ago, my wife & I had our first...

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