Doctor Strange and Redeeming Time (Liturgical Time)

*NO SPOILERS*

My wife and I watched Marvel’s Doctor Strange at a local theatre this last weekend. I did not know who  Doctor Strange was before the movie and now I understand the hype about the visuals in the movie. When you bend time and space there had better be some good graphics to accompany such a feat!

This is not a review or summary of the movie, but rather a reflection on two key themes of the movie. First, time was an essential theme of the story. One of the villains, Kaecilius, had joined Dormammu because he wanted to escape time. In fact, he says that time is the enemy because in time all die. If only humans could escape time then we would be immortal.Read More »

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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 »

Worship and Mission: The Great Paradox

If you have lead worship anytime within the last ten years, you can probably relate to my experiences.

You are planning for the coming Sunday’s worship, and the pastor says, “We need to make this Sunday missional.”

Wait, what?
You are in a job interview for a worship leader position and the lead pastor says, “We are all about mission.”

So you are hiring a worship leader because…?

We have all been there. And quite frankly, these circumstances can be difficult to navigate. You beg
in to wonder, what am I doing? What is my purpose? I am a worship leader trying to serve in missional churches. Can I reconcile worship and mission?Read More »