WMC Podcast, Episode #0185: Sara Joseph, Christian Artist Resource
Feb22

WMC Podcast, Episode #0185: Sara Joseph, Christian Artist Resource

Sara Joseph, Christian Artist Resource   So many of us have the desire to be discovered and noted for our work as Christians artists. It’s something I’ve desired and wanted as well. But, the question we need to wrestle with is why are we doing what we do? Is it for our own attention or is it for God’s glory? Are we willing to work at this calling in anonymity, even if we never get “discovered”?...

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Feb22

Enjoy this Comic from WMC and GCP’s illustrator Chris Jones Garden City and Worship Ministry Catalyst’s vision is to see innovators and creatives engaging the world in worship and mission through their art. Here’s a sample from Chris Jones. We don’t often see the dangers that lie in front of us, and this humorous graphic reminds us to Dive in Prayer, lest we Dive into Danger. Give this comic away to someone...

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Power Filled Worship
Feb21

Power Filled Worship

  An obsession with power fills our world.  Whether it’s through the dominance of a government system, the outrage of a murder in the streets, a catty fight in the school hallways, or gossiping words that malign a person behind their back, all of these pursuits tarnish people and the idea of one thing—power!   In our thirst to comfort ourselves and to make ourselves feel safe, we endlessly search for powerful masters that we...

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Thin Places
Feb16

Thin Places

Recently I read a book on Celtic Christianity called Thin Places: An Evangelical Journey into Celtic Christianity by Tracy Balzer.¹ Balzer asserts that both pre-evangelized and Christian Celts recognized there are times and locations where the line between the physical world and spirit world become “tissue paper thin.” These are places where our soul suddenly feels a contentment and connection to God that is often obscured by the busy...

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WMC Podcast, Episode #0184: Mark Pierson, The Art of Curating Worship
Feb15

WMC Podcast, Episode #0184: Mark Pierson, The Art of Curating Worship

Mark Pierson, The Art of Curating Worship The Art of Curating Worship promotes a new vocabulary to help worship curators work out how and why and where worship can best engage their community, inside and outside the church, in transformative encounters with God. Listen in to our Interview with Mark and learn how you might be able to think differently about how you plan and prepare worship gatherings for your church. Get His Book on...

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Comics for Faith and Culture
Feb15

Comics for Faith and Culture

Enjoy this Comic from WMC and GCP’s illustrator Chris Jones Garden City and Worship Ministry Catalyst’s vision is to see innovators and creatives engaging the world in worship and mission through their art. Here’s a sample from Chris Jones. God’s creation reminds us not only of his goodness and love but also of his sound judgments. Whether people acknowledge God or not, God still “reigns.” This...

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Review of Aaron Shusts new Album

Aaron Shust has graciously asked us at WMC and GCP to review his new album. His sound on the new album You Redeem is anthemic, and echoes that of Cold Play. The musical choices are similar in their sound to that which is so pervasive in music today. Let’s consider however, the lyrical strength that soars over the musical atmosphere created in his song “You Redeem,” for example. Shust’s latest single, warrants consideration lyrically....

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God’s Story

According to Robert Webber in a book called Ancient—Future Worship, “Worship does God’s story.”¹ By that, Webber means that worship is a narrative of cosmic proportions, “worship gathers to sing, tell, and enact God’s story of the world from its beginning to its end.”² This means Christian worship leaders and gathered Christian worshippers need to have some familiarity with the basic storyline and plotline of the Bible. The storyline...

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An Interview with Charlie Hall
Feb13

An Interview with Charlie Hall

When Charlie Hall began in his late teens leading music and writing songs, he realized very quickly that he knew very little about guiding God’s people as a Shepherd. He didn’t know what worship leading even meant. Today, Charlie Hall still believes God is birthing something new in him even though he’s been leading music in Baptist, charismatic and de-churched settings for 25+ years. For much of his ministry Charlie admits struggling...

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Psalm 2
Feb09

Psalm 2

  Tell me why the nations scheme!   Why do the citizens scam with pride? kings grip their swords   And committees rally   verses the Lord   and his anointed. “Splinter their chains,” they say   “And shatter their shackles.”   Laughter bellows from heaven’s throne   The Lord sneering at ants on the floor Red-faced, he chides them   and they scurry away at his voice “I’ve stationed my king...

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WMC Podcast, Episode #183: Ken Steorts of Visible Music College
Feb08

WMC Podcast, Episode #183: Ken Steorts of Visible Music College

Ken Steorts of Visible Music College. Ken is the creator of Visible Music College, which exists as a music and worship school to train and disciple a generation for effective service in the music industry. Ken toured with his band, Skillet, and saw a large number of young Christian musicians with great promise, but little instruction, guidance or purpose. We invite you to listen in for a delightful conversation that will enlighten...

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Radical Hospitality and Worship
Feb07

Radical Hospitality and Worship

  I had the privilege recently to read Radical Hospitality, and its implications toward artful living and worship are so very helpful.   I’ve read hundreds of books on hospitality over the course of my track in ministry, and it is a pleasure to see the authors place the accent mark where they do.  They state that real hospitality is not in what we do, but in who we are.  They say that hospitality begins with a person’s identity,...

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Psalm 1
Feb02

Psalm 1

Congrats to the man in stride not with wicked cautions standing on sinful roads or sitting on the mocker’s chair But his pleasure’s fed from the Lord’s law By sunlight, by moonlight he revolves on your spindle, your rod, your standard He towers as a tree rooted by streams blooming in season never to wither leaves evergreen, for all he touches blossoms. Not so the evil! They are as chaff, dust, paint chips Wisped in...

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The Creative Spirit in All of Us
Jan31

The Creative Spirit in All of Us

Henderik Roelof “Hans” Rookmaaker (February 27, 1922–March 13, 1977) was a Dutch Christian scholar, professor, and author who wrote and lectured on art theory, art history, music, philosophy, and religion. In 1948 he met Christian theologian Francis Schaeffer and became a member of L’Abri in Switzerland. Hans wrote a book about the creative spirit called Art Needs No Justification. In reading it, I’ve found that many...

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WMC Podcast, Episode #182: Jonathan Malm, Sunday Social & Social Media
Jan31

WMC Podcast, Episode #182: Jonathan Malm, Sunday Social & Social Media

Jonathan Malm, Sunday Social, Church Stage Design Ideas, Sunday Magazine..   We’ve had him on the podcast before, and we just had to have him on again! (Listen to the previous episodes here: Part 1 & Part 2.) Back then we were talking to him about a book he wrote: Created For More. Today, we are talking to him about Sunday Social as well as how churches can better take advantage of Social Media for the sake of the...

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The Art of Giving a Testimony
Jan26

The Art of Giving a Testimony

  If telling stories is an art, then telling our life story is a trade worthy of being mastered.  The only trouble when it comes to our life story, our “testimony,” is what should we tell?  Should we focus in our passions, our expertise, our experiences, or even our most secret failures and unwanted mistakes?  What is it that receives the accent mark? The Bible’s word for accent mark is glory!  God tends to highlight and place...

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