Provision in Worship

My wife and I recently returned from our Spring Break trip. We traveled over 2,300 miles and crossed 9 states. The driving was excellent and each stop went well. Our car, however, did not enjoy the first 1,000 miles of our trip. Not long after we got out of our home state, she started making sounds. Every stop I would call my Dad to talk through what was going on and look under the hood and check the basics (what little I know, anyway). Nothing came up.Read More »

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Take Time to Listen: Masterworks for Holy Week and Easter

 

With Holy Week/Passion Week now firmly upon us, I wanted to offer some suggestions for intentional listening.  The selections that I will put forth here will require, and in some cases demand, time to be absorbed.  These selections are what are deemed “masterworks,” meaning they are considered “a great work of art.” (Merriam-Webster.com, “Masterwork”) As such they are larger works, both in scale (some are for choir, orchestra, or both) and time (some lasting as long as an hour or more).Read More »

To, With, For, From

A few weeks ago I was discussing a chapter from Jeremy Begbie’s book Resounding Truth with the students of one of the courses I teach.  In the chapter (which addresses biblical contexts of music and worship) Begbie discusses the ministry of the Levites and their relationship to their “congregation,” the nation of Israel:

“It is important to note that the Levites did not see themselves as offering song instead of the congregation but on behalf of the congregation, even if the congregation were not actually singing.  They acted representatively for king and people.” (Jeremy S. Begbie, Resounding Truth, p66)

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You Can Learn to Lead Worship

Today, I am going to make the case that worship leading is a practice. This interdisciplinary skill can be learned. Certainly some in the Body may be gifted in worship leading, some maybe for just a season of life. However, since worshiping is humanity’s primary purpose and the Church’s primary act, the act of worship leading can be learned at a basic level.Read More »