Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 6
Jul31

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 6

TARGET IN SINGING We’ve considered our singing through the use of these words; total, text and tone, and now we must add one more perspective to the list—our target.  Target with 1 – 2 – 3  Mike Cosper in his book Rhythms of Grace offers some helpful insight to our conversation here in what he calls “1-2-3 Worship.” He says that our singing should have three audiences or targets: God, each other, and...

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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 5
Jul24

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 5

TONE IN SINGING Recently, I found myself philosophizing with friends over the state of singing in the church[jm1] . We talked about how the church has grown too “happy;” wherein we pop songs like worship pills and it seems to stink of inauthentic denial.  Jesus, in his perfect, fully God, fully man state, here on earth, experienced the full tones of human emotion. He wept, he laughed and he got angry and tired[jm2], etc. He...

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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 4
Jul17

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 4

TEXT IN SINGING | Pt. 2 Continuing from Day 3, one more thing emerges for our consideration in our songs. If we think back to the words of Colossians 3:16, our singing is actually supposed to “teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, through singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.” Dave Yauk in The Tempo of Discipleship: The Rudiments and Rhythms to Shaping Followers of Christ helps us devise some quick learning...

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Freebie #61-Aaron Niequest: Moving Beyond 4 Pop Songs
Jul15
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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 3
Jul10

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 3

TEXT IN SINGING  I hope we can all agree that songs are as important as the sermons from our teachers in telling the total story line of God. Our songs are important in total scope in how they develop a broader mentality, but this also does not negate the fact that songs are also important in textual specifics.  Those who write lyrics, or share them with others, are responsible for the words they put...

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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 2
Jul03

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 2

TOTAL SINGING  One of my Professors in college once said that most Christians are struggling deeply with their faith because they believe in a “canon within a Canon.” He shared this when talking about the 66-book Canon (or standard) of Scripture. What he meant is that most people cherry-pick verses from the Scriptures in whatever manner they like, and assemble the truths (apart from their context) into beautiful worldview bokeh...

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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 1
Jun26

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 1

Day 1 | FOR THE MIND, THE BODY & THE SOUL Songs are important to us! They not only have the power to equip us for a good car ride, but the world is making every effort to perpetually define the style, the songs and the artists that are appropriate for the training of the human mind, body and soul. We must realize that God created singing, and thus as its grand architect, he knows completely its purpose and appropriate...

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Freebie #52-Jeremy Mayfield & Dave Yauk: “Shine On Us”
May13
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Honoring Christ In Improv, Acting, And Presenting Scripture-Day 3
Apr17

Honoring Christ In Improv, Acting, And Presenting Scripture-Day 3

Tom Boomershine talks about how we must once again start to experience old texts – and especially the Bible – orally as they were originally conveyed orally or, in the case of the Epistles, they were written in such a way as to be read orally to others. Tom read the passage in Mark about the calming of the storms and seas. He read it once as a sort of standard reading: the sort of thing you might experience in any given liturgical...

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Honoring Christ In Improv, Acting, And Presenting Scripture-Day 2
Apr10

Honoring Christ In Improv, Acting, And Presenting Scripture-Day 2

We have several actors presenting great talks over at MakeJesusCulture.com, Stephen Traphton among them, and the one thing they all seemed to have in common was the expression of the idea of incarnation: that an actor at his best understands, in a weird way, the work of the Son Jesus. Empathy – if this is truly a human act, an act of those who experience and participate in consciousness – mirrors the incarnation as a microcosm in each...

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Freebie #25-Keith Getty: Shaping Our Homes With Singing
Oct22
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Freebie #24-Keith Getty: Congregational Singing
Oct15
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Honoring Christ In Hymnody-Day 1
Oct03

Honoring Christ In Hymnody-Day 1

My good friend Lester Ruth is a super nerd. As a super nerd, he dissected the language of our Christian Music’s Top 40 list over the last 50 years, and compared it to the language of the hymns of our faith over the last 4,000 years. He found many striking and almost sickening realities, but I will share just a few that may help us in our study here. First, he found that Trinitarian language has all but disappeared from our TOP 40...

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Honoring Christ In Audio Mixing-Day 2
Jun20

Honoring Christ In Audio Mixing-Day 2

Hear Jesus says, “to those who have ears let them hear.” In Bible times, hearing was a necessity, even over that of the other four senses. Only about 2% of the population could read, and so they heard information. Fun Fact … did you know, that sound resonates in the brain faster than through sight? It also enters first through the spine. It rouses the work of the body before the mind. Sounds educate people differently than do...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0085 – The Autotune Effect on Worship
Mar07

Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0085 – The Autotune Effect on Worship

It started with Cher, T-Payne over-used it and everyone since has abused it. We’re talking about Auto-tune. And we’re not necessarily bashing it all together, but we’re talking about some of the effects it has had on us as worship leaders and our ministries. Whether you’re new or have been listening for quite some time, we would love to hear form you! Connect with us on twitter (@wmcatalyst) and facebook...

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