The New Language of Spirituality
Dec01

The New Language of Spirituality

  Robert Webber makes this statement concerning the idea of spirituality in his book The Divine Embrace: “because of the divorce between theology and spirituality, mysticism shifted from the ancient understanding of spirituality to a new approach.  Spirituality, which was once a contemplation of God’s saving acts, now contemplates the self and the interior life.”[1]  This statement provides a profound summation of the issue at...

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The Wonder of the Word in Corporate Worship
Nov29

The Wonder of the Word in Corporate Worship

  As a child, I loved to sing in church. When we opened our hymnals, I understood, there was an emotional connection to what we were doing in song. I felt it. Glorious truth paired with stirring melody was a combination that connected with me deeply. Some of the older women of the church would shed tears as they sang songs of God’s faithfulness. I remember the joy on my father’s face as he would bellow out truth, eyebrows raised...

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The Worship Pastor | Top Tweets
Nov28

The Worship Pastor | Top Tweets

Zac Hicks is a leading voice in today’s liturgy and woship movement. We invite you to listen to his podcast that aired on November 17th, and feel free to take some of the Tweets Zac was kind enough to write up for WMC and GCP, and retweet them. We’d love as many people as possible to make their way to the podcast and hear what he has to say. “Every pastor is a worship leader and every worship leader is a pastor.”...

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Theology of Technology: iPhone and Apple Watch
Nov22

Theology of Technology: iPhone and Apple Watch

  It is no secret that the iPhone is a wild success, and with the launch of the iPhone 6 series, I’m sure Apple will not be slowing down in their influence any time soon.  In this post, I will not be making an attempt to slander Apple—ha, I’m writing this post on my MacBook Air, Tweeting it with my iPhone, and it’s stored in my iCloud, so it’s no secret that I love Apple products—but I want to think theologically for a second....

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WMC Podcast, #0174, Zac Hicks author of “The Worship Pastor”
Nov17

WMC Podcast, #0174, Zac Hicks author of “The Worship Pastor”

Interview with Zac Hicks, author of “The Worship Pastor” His book has hit the worship pastor world by storm! In this episode of the podcast, we had the distinct privilege of talking with Zac Hicks about his book that was just released: “The Worship Pastor: A Call to Ministry for Worship Leaders and Teams.” As you’ll discover, this was a very enlightening conversation about the role worship leaders and...

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Theology of Technology: A Faceless World
Nov17

Theology of Technology: A Faceless World

  The Eastern Church Fathers specifically painted the Triune God as being in a relationship within Himself in a kind of “face-to-face dance.”  The word used for such a reality was perichoresis.  John’s use of the Word being with God in John 1 also testifies to this.  It means that, in the beginning, the Word (Jesus) was toward the Father—conjuring up a beautiful picture of a face-to-face God. However, the kingdom of the world is...

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Theology of Technology: Insta-Art
Nov15

Theology of Technology: Insta-Art

  Put it in the microwave, it’s faster.  Don’t do dial-up, get broadband…no, no, better yet, now we have wireless and the latest fiber-optic Internet.  Why?  Because it’s faster.  Google is pitching it, we’re clicking it, and every technology is promising it.  There’s a fascinating theology taking over the world, and that principle is speed.  Never mind the studies that prove fast-food is killing us, phones are infecting us, or...

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Worship in the Home Pt. 2
Nov14

Worship in the Home Pt. 2

The Opportunity of the Home In Part 1 of our series on worship in the home, we introduced a little word known as paideia. We didn’t really go into much detail about the word (This was intentional), but today we will look at this term a bit more deeply, and we will continue to press it out over the weeks to come.  What the heck does this word mean anyway? We know in the Greco-Roman model of education, paideia was a cultural...

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The Desert
Nov10

The Desert

    For the last several years whenever my family has more than a few days of consecutive vacation time we tend to flee to the deserts of Utah, soaking in the magic of places like Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, and my all time favorite: Moab. The beauty of these arid spaces boggles my mind. I love the vast stretches of openness, unmarred by massed humanity, strip malls and suburbs. I admire the extreme essence of the...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, Episode 0172, Interview with JBruMay (aka Jeremy Mayfield)
Nov10

Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, Episode 0172, Interview with JBruMay (aka Jeremy Mayfield)

Interview with JBruMay (aka Jeremy Mayfield) JBruMay is a recording/touring artist who has appeared alongside artists such as Big Daddy Weave, The Side Walk Prophets, and Todd Agnew. He joins us to talk about his Sing a Psalmand Unsung initiatives, and what he’s doing at his recording company in Nashville, Stock and Stone, to aid the local church in its artistry. Standard Podcast [ 37:25 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (1109)...

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Worship is the Goal of Missions
Nov08

Worship is the Goal of Missions

  As worship leaders, our lives and leadership must reflect the gravity of unreached peoples. John Piper says, “Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” As those who have been commissioned to help lead people in worship, this must break our hearts. Worship leaders are a part of God’s story: we tell the story in song and in prayer. We are a part of the going and sending of the church. The Need for Missions Say among the nations,...

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Worship in the Home Pt. 1
Nov07

Worship in the Home Pt. 1

A new series from WMC and GCP. Following our Worship Leader Starts @ home. Today we’re beginning a series on what it means to worship and follow Christ in our homes. When I read material written on modern “Worship-Topics” these days, I find 80% of material is primarily framed and formulated for the context of the gathered church in a “building” or “organized service” of some sort. It is also framed around the idea of “Worship...

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Song Writing and Creative Writing Contests
Nov04

Song Writing and Creative Writing Contests

We want to include your talents in our upcoming projects in partnership with the likes of those in Nashville Studios, and L.A. and beyond: We know that we’ve had some super creative people visit our site in the past week. We want to take this opportunity to turn your attention to our creative writing and song writing projects that we are currently hosting between The Worship Ministry Catalyst and Garden City. For more...

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Responsorial Psalm 30: I Will Praise You, Lord, for You Have Rescued Me
Nov03

Responsorial Psalm 30: I Will Praise You, Lord, for You Have Rescued Me

Responsorial Psalm 30:I will praise you, Lord, for You have rescued me. http://www.worshipministrycatalyst.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Rescue-Response-Psalm-30_Jeremy-Mayfield_081215.mp3     Here’s a 3-tiered set of notes to whet your Psalm-singin’ whistle and (hopefully) help you resonate more deeply with this ancient, sacred song: Historical It’s estimated that David penned anywhere from 73-85 of the 150 Psalms. Psalm...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, Episode 0171, Interview with Isaac Wardell
Nov03

Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, Episode 0171, Interview with Isaac Wardell

Interview with Isaac Wardell Isaac Wardell is a Presbyterian worship leader, teacher, and composer who primarily writes sacred music. He is the director of Bifrost Arts and is currently the Director for Worship Arts at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 2011, Relevant Magazine named him one of North America’s foremost leaders in modern worship music. In today’s episode we talk with Isaac about the...

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Isaac Wardell and JBruMay on Music and Culture
Nov02

Isaac Wardell and JBruMay on Music and Culture

  The Worship Ministry Catalyst in partnership with Garden City is proud to present Gospel Song Records and Isaac Wardell. Gospel Song Records is announcing their partnership with Bifrost Arts. Lead by Isaac Wardell, the music collective has released four full-length records and hosted numerous national worship conferences. Since its start in 2007, the continuing ambition for the group is to challenge and equip music leaders to...

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