Substituting Chords in Worship Music

In most contemporary contexts that I am familiar with, part of a worship leader’s responsibility is the arrangement of music. This actually becomes a very important task when you realize that worship (or liturgical) music must be appropriate for the congregation (or culture). Today we are going to take a look at one method for creating new and fresh worship arrangements.Read More »

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A Manifestation of Ancient-Future at an Ordination

Last week I had the blessing to be in Tulsa, Oklahoma to participate in the consecration (or ordination) service for the newest bishop for my denomination.  The service was very beautiful and one I won’t forget.  Even as I sit and write this a week later I can still sense the ripples of what I experienced that evening.  I want to try to paint a picture of it for you…Read More »

Theology Serving the Church

It does not happen often, but occasionally I have lots to say and nothing to write. Everything continues to shift around in my head as I continue to grapple with Church life, especially her worship (leitourgia, or liturgy). I wrestle to understand her worship history, theology, and what it means to be people of rhythms. I struggle to understand the relationship between her worship and culture.

But I do this with purpose.Read More »

Music Tells the Story: Rachmaninoff’s “Vespers”

Yesterday my wife and I had the opportunity to listen to the Wichita Chamber Chorale perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Vespers at St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Wichita, Kansas. The cathedral filled out very well and one could sense the anticipation from the audience.

The performance easily ranks as one of the best concerts I have ever been to. Combined with the spectacular acoustics in the cathedral, the chorale soothed our ears and filled our souls.Read More »