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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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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