A Picture Is Worth … A Lot Less than You Think
Jan25

A Picture Is Worth … A Lot Less than You Think

A Picture Is Worth… A Lot Less than You Think The most common question I get asked when I talk about worship curating is, “Can you show me some photos of what you do?”   Yes, I can. But the most important part of what I do can’t be photographed. A photo can show you how I answered my questions about what I wanted to achieve with a particular worship event. It can show you the space I used, what I did with the space, and how it...

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The Art of Parenting with Beauty
Jan24

The Art of Parenting with Beauty

Proverbs 22:6 implores the believing parent to “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Lying within the crags of this command is an imperative for those who love beauty and the finer things of life.  The Hebrew word for “train” is chanak. One of the cultural and Hebraic inferences of this word is to make serenely clear to the parent that their role in their child’s life is to...

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Genesis 4:2-16
Jan19

Genesis 4:2-16

Long ago there lived two brothers One kept flocks, the other worked the soil Both brought portions to their maker The younger had fat firstborn, the older spoil. Their Lord smiled upon the younger But grimaced and barely looked at the other’s gift That one, face downcast, soon burned with anger His Lord’s reply was “Do right, master sin.”   Soon the older approached the younger Inviting his brother to join him in his field And as...

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WMC Podcast, #181 – Kevin Twit, Indelible Grace
Jan17

WMC Podcast, #181 – Kevin Twit, Indelible Grace

Kevin Twit, Indelible Grace In today’s episode, we had the incredible privilege of having a conversation (that was far too short!) with Kevin Twit of Indelible Grace. In this conversation we cover a lot of ground about what he and others have done with indelible grace as well as a great conversation about the content of current worship music. This is a conversation I’m sure many of you will enjoy and want to share with...

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Storied Lives
Jan17

Storied Lives

We are captured by great stories.  They are aesthetic in the sense that they call us into participation with the storyline, the characters, the plot, and the ultimate resolution and beauty of the tale.  Stories are art! Leo Tolstoy’s words come to mind in helping us think through the impact of story: “Art is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings...

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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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WMC Podcast, #180 – Chris Cragin-Day, Playwright
Jan09

WMC Podcast, #180 – Chris Cragin-Day, Playwright

Chris Cragin-Day, Playwright We invite you to join us for another great conversation! Today we are talking with Chris Craigen-Day, who is a playwright and her work: “Martin Luther On Trial.” Chris holds an MFA in Stage Directing from Baylor and a BA in Theater from OBU. She is an alumna of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writer’s Group (The River Nun, presented in the 2009 Spotlight Series) and the O’Neill National Music...

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The Dance of Epiphany
Jan09

The Dance of Epiphany

(Note: All photography is contributed by our transposition photographer Nikki McKenzie. You can visit her profile HERE, see more photos HERE , and also SUBMIT YOUR WORK)   Many around the world right now in the church are observing the season of Epiphany: a season recognizing the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi (Matthew 2:1–12). This season is typified by symbol and artistic fullness. Though I...

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Shepherding Creatives
Jan05

Shepherding Creatives

There is a desire many young artists have to write worship music, create graphic art, dance, paint, etc. And it’s a wonderful thing that must be encouraged. In fact, research shows that the younger we encourage imagination and creativity, the more creative people will become. Of course, along with this desire, there comes the desire for people to see and laud the work. This desire is coupled with the temptation of an accessible...

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WMC Podcast, #0179, Kyle Pruzina, Parables Project
Jan03

WMC Podcast, #0179, Kyle Pruzina, Parables Project

Kyle Pruzina, Parables Project What is the Parables Project? Well, you can probably guess the theme, but if you want to know more about it you should listen to our discussion with Kyle Pruzina on today’s episode of the podcast. Kyle also shares with us about the band his is in, Airside, and some of the challenges that presents to be in secular environments late on a Saturday night and then leading worship on a Sunday morning....

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Be Still, and Know that I am God
Jan03

Be Still, and Know that I am God

The prophet Habakkuk charged the nation of Judah, and all the earth to be silent before the LORD, resident in his holy temple (Hab 2:20). The context of Habakkuk’s message was the imminent destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonian armies of King Nebuchadnezzar. The prophet’s admonition still has currency for the people of God today, as the nations continue to rage against God and each other. As we hush before the Lord in his holy...

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The Failure of Church Worship
Jan02

The Failure of Church Worship

The Failure of Church Worship   A Worship Leader leads worship. A Worship Director directs worship. A Worship Producer produces worship.   As a Pastor, I haven’t found any of the above terms helpful in describing what I do. The “care-of-souls-function” of worship, implies a broader range of nuanced activity than lead, direct, produce, design, or even do.   As a Pastor, my role includes encouraging, equipping, teaching,...

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David as a Worship Leader
Dec29

David as a Worship Leader

The convergence of these two activities, leadership and worship, occurred quite naturally in the life of King David.  David’s example as a worship leader has much to offer to those who minister in similar roles today.  The Psalms especially provide insight on David’s approach to the worship of God.  For our purposes, Psalm 62 may be effectively mined as a case study in worship leadership with the use of a little imagination.1 For...

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The Enduring Appeal of C.S. Lewis
Dec27

The Enduring Appeal of C.S. Lewis

Not long ago, a friend sent me an article by the late Dr. Chris Mitchell of Wheaton College, a leading scholar on C.S. Lewis. In it, Dr. Mitchell asks why Lewis’ embers still blaze hot more than half a century after his death on November 22, 1963, the same day that JFK was assassinated. It’s a question that resonates with me because Lewis so thoroughly engages my imagination. I want to put everything he’s written on stage. The best...

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‘Look Along’ a Baby to Celebrate Advent
Dec22

‘Look Along’ a Baby to Celebrate Advent

Babies’ are innocent and cuddly, yet they can have the most unsettling cry. Maybe this is what causes the Psalmist in Psalm 8 to say: Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes,     to still the enemy and the avenger. Even in this verse it implies that there’s a mastery, both in purity and in gusto that makes babies so calm and composed, but yet warrior like in their threat...

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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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