My Worth is Not My Own
May18

My Worth is Not My Own

One of the greatest struggles we each face is the search for significance. Our 21st-century sense of identity is grounded in individualism, self-entitlement, and narcissism. From whom we marry to what career choice we make to what church we attend to what we think of church music, every choice is geared around what these things do for us. This attitude of consumerism is one of the most prevalent idols in Western culture and has become...

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Reconsidering Why We Sing, Part 5: Target Practice
May19

Reconsidering Why We Sing, Part 5: Target Practice

Part 5  |  What about Target Practice By Dave Yauk In Review… Before you read this visit Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 and Part 4. In previous posts we’ve looked at reconsidering the nature of our corporate singing in church. We’ve considered our singing through the use of these words: total, text, tone and target. I’ve also provided a resource called the Song Selection Rubric, that enables one to plug in their songs and categorize them...

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Reconsidering Why We Sing, Part 4: Songs For The Forgotten
Apr21

Reconsidering Why We Sing, Part 4: Songs For The Forgotten

Part 4  |  Songs for the Forgotten By Dave Yauk What about the affections… Before you read this visit Part 1 | Part 2 and Part 3. Recently, I found myself sipping beer and carrying on conversation with some good Christian blokes around a table at a local restaurant. We were philosophizing over the state of singing in the church, and talking about how the church has grown too “happy.” On a typical Sunday morning, a Western church goer...

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Reconsidering Why We Sing, Part 3: Text Is Important
Mar17

Reconsidering Why We Sing, Part 3: Text Is Important

Part 3  |  Text is Important By Dave Yauk The Total Story in Text… In case you haven’t tuned into previous posts, In Post 1, I introduced our series by considering Paul’s exhortation in Colossians as to why and how he thinks we should sing as Christians. In Post 2 I first explored how a good approach to singing would be to first ensure that we are singing the total scope of God’s story. I included a document for Corporate Worship...

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Reconsidering Why We Sing, Part 2: Total In Scope
Feb18

Reconsidering Why We Sing, Part 2: Total In Scope

Part 2  |  Total in Scope By Dave Yauk See Part 1 for Series Introduction  A (c)anon within a (C)anon…. I heard a Professor in college once say that most Christians are struggling deeply with their faith because they believe in a “canon within a Canon.” He made this statement while teaching the history behind how we received the 66 book Canon of The Bible. What he meant in this statement is that most Christians are like flower pickers...

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Reconsidering Why We Sing, Part 1: For The Mind, Body and Soul
Jan21

Reconsidering Why We Sing, Part 1: For The Mind, Body and Soul

Part 1  |  For the Mind, Body and Soul By Dave Yauk Songs are important to us!  They not only have the power to equip us for a good car ride but they rise to even higher levels of influence. Songs like My Generation, written by The Who, came to define actual points in history.  Jimi Hendrix defined a time period with All Along the Watchtower.  Fast forward into today with U2’s With or Without You, and again we find that a song’s...

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Do We Believe What We Sing?
Nov03

Do We Believe What We Sing?

In most modern day churches we sing.  Whether your church is modern or traditional, liturgical or free, you probably have singing as some part of your service.  Now the question of “Why do we sing?” is another matter for another time, but do we ever pay attention to what we sing? Recently I have moved and started at a new church as their Minister of Technical Arts.  This is a huge change for me, first just moving to a new church in a...

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Exploring the Heart of the New Song—the Song and the Singer
May27

Exploring the Heart of the New Song—the Song and the Singer

Generally, when we talk about new songs, we either mean an unknown song (could have been released yesterday or even a hymn written centuries ago) or a known song reworked musically in a fresh arrangement—sometimes with a new chorus/refrain/bridge added also. In this article, let’s look at something deeper than that.  In John’s visions recorded in the book of revelation, we learn two profound aspects of the “new song” that we will be...

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3 Steps for Introducing New Songs at Church
May12

3 Steps for Introducing New Songs at Church

As someone who leads worship and chooses what songs our church is singing, I have a huge problem on my hands: there are so many good worship songs!  Does anyone else have this problem?  There’s only 52 Sunday services a year, and you can’t introduce multiple new songs every single Sunday, so what do you do? I’ve wrestled with this dilemma before, but it seems more than ever there are just some amazing songs being...

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WorshipMob, Carry The Fire – Review
Feb14

WorshipMob, Carry The Fire – Review

I’ll admit that prior to reviewing this album, “Carry The Fire”, I was not familiar with WorshipMob.  But over the past couple weeks as I’ve been listening to them, reading up on them, and discovering more of what they are about, I’ve grown to appreciate what they are doing. WorshipMob began as a couple Worship Leaders getting together to sing, worship, and write music in Colorado Springs.  It has since grown into a consortium of over...

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Be A Backer for Ross King’s New Album
Feb05

Be A Backer for Ross King’s New Album

Our friend Ross King is gathering his backers for his new album He will be recording entitled: Unfettered. If you don’t know Ross, or you haven’t come across his music before, I’d invite you to check out our interview with him! But, even if you don’t have the time to do that, let me tell you this, it will be worth your investment. Along with being a very talented singer/songwriter, he’s a very humble and...

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WMC – 0122 – Review of Chris Tomlin’s New CD – “Burning Lights”
Dec19

WMC – 0122 – Review of Chris Tomlin’s New CD – “Burning Lights”

Today we are happy to be reviewing the latest from Chris Tomlin. His CD, Burning Lights, is set to release on January 8th. In this episode you will hear us discuss all the things we love about the CD. Make sure to check out the episode. Also, as you heard on the podcast, we are thrilled to be doing a giveaway! We are fortunate enough to be able to give away 5 copies of this album. (It’s actually not us who will be giving away...

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Sweet Resource – Resound Worship

I came upon this awesome resource this week. RESOUNDworship.org is an exciting free resource for churches worldwide. Our aim is to provide local churches with fresh worship songs containing strong, Biblical lyrics supported by singable, contemporary music. RESOUNDworship.org is a group of British based worship songwriters, seeking to resource the church with heartfelt, crafted, accessible worship songs. It’s a really great...

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Worship songs every church should sing

I don’t know about you, but one of the biggest challenges I face being a worship leader is finding new music. Of course, if new was the only criterion there wouldn’t be any problem, but we have stylistic, theological, song quality, singability, and technichal ability criteria to work into the equation as well. I’ve done a lot of research to see how other worship leaders find new songs, and haven’t really found...

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