Responsorial Psalm 118: This Is the Day the Lord Has Made!
Nov01

Responsorial Psalm 118: This Is the Day the Lord Has Made!

  Let me begin by saying, “Buckle your seat belts–the holiday season is officially upon us.” While it’s easy to be immediately sucked into Christmas plans, gifts and decorations, Thanksgiving is a holiday that I choose to engage in, even if it has a smaller bling factor. Thanksgiving centers us in reflection and gratefulness. The Psalms, specially Psalm 118, offer practical words and actions we can use to...

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Worship Leader, What’s Driving You?
May30

Worship Leader, What’s Driving You?

Today, through that amazing little 140 character powerhouse we refer to as Twitter, I came in contact with this article. I’ve been a fan of Perry Noble and what they’re doing down there at New Spring for quite some time. And the fact that I grew up with that kind of preaching, just makes me reel right at home with Perry! But, it’s worth mentioning, and reiterating here. What is it that’s driving you in your...

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Put Your Dreams to the Test or at least dream a little
Jul08

Put Your Dreams to the Test or at least dream a little

I just finished up another book from Dr. John Maxwell. If you’ve followed me for long, you know I’m a fan of his, and have read and recommended many of his books to you. This book was great on a few different levels so I wanted to take just a minute to share my thoughts with you in case you hadn’t heard about it. (Or in case you had heard about it, but weren’t sure it was for you.) First, it’s not just a...

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Reminder: Why we have a worship ministry – Jesus Christ
Jun28

Reminder: Why we have a worship ministry – Jesus Christ

Before you read this post, let me warn you, I’m 31. Not that old, but older than some. In my life, I remember a time before computers were really popular. I remember the computers I learned to type on in high school. They were the kind with only orange letters on the screen. No other colors. I remember how cool it to see a screen that was like a TV. I’ve always been intrigued by computers, and their ability to process...

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Building Momentum In a Worship Minsitry during the down months of summer

If you’ve been leading worship for long, you’ve undoubtedly been through a summer lull. I’m definitely there right now. People go on vacation with no consideration, it seems, for your needs as a worship leader. It’s almost as if they have their own lives apart from your worship ministry and that they’d rather be on the beach than playing or singing in your team. The nerve! Well, as I’ve been...

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Another Closet Door Opened

First it was our good old friend Ray Boltz who decided he needed to break down the door of his closet, and now we have another one, Ms. Jennifer Knapp. You can read the full interview with her on Christianity today. Yet again we’ll have to deal with the questions. And the answers are still the same regardless of what arguments Jennifer is making on Christianity today. Homosexuality is a sin, it is not an old testament sin,...

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S.O.S. – A parishoners guide to being prepared to Worship

What would the fly on the windshield say? Nothing now. No, not the one on the outside, the one on the inside.  You know, when you get to Gateway on a Saturday evening or a Sunday morning, if the little fly followed you into church and told someone what had been going on what would he say? I’ve heard from these flies (I don’t want to take this metaphor too far for fear that you actually start to think I talk to flies, like I’m some...

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