Worship Leader as Chief Curator?

Title: Worship Leader, Chief Musician, President Curator Joshua Busman, a PhD student in musicology at UNC posted an article he wrote last week called "God's Great Dance Floor," Or, Why You Don't Need Ecstasy to Have an Ecstatic Good Time."  One of the remarks he makes in the article (and there is a LOT here -... Continue Reading →

9 Observations on Singing New Songs

I've had a couple of people mention to me Jamie Brown's recent set of blog posts reflecting on his time at the National Worship Leaders Conference (DC). In particular they were questioning his thoughts on introducing new songs in church.  This is a topic I've wrestled with a lot in the various churches I've worked... Continue Reading →

Resources on grief and worship

i {image} Georges Rouault, "Miserere #2 I've been thankful for the postings over at "My Song in the Night" on grief, lament and worship.  My wife and I lost our first child a few years ago and we have found so few sojourners willing to sit with us in the "valley of the shadow of death."... Continue Reading →

Songs for the darker side of Christmas

A few years ago as part of an advent devotional I wrote about the darker side of christmas.  The scandal of Christ's lineage, the disbelief of Zechariah,  Joseph's thoughts of divorce, and the massacre of the innocents. Along with the devotional I wanted to include some song lyrics that reflect on this dark side of... Continue Reading →

Sufjan quotes John Wesley on Singing

A few weeks back my wife and I caught the Sufjan Xmas show extravaganza or as Sufjan dubbed it "The Sirfjam Stephanapolous Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Spectacular Music Pageant Variety Show Disaster" at the Haw River Ballroom in NC. When we arrived the greeters handed us a little songbook for the evening and included... Continue Reading →

How to Disciple Your Worship Ministry

I recently had a worship leader ask me how I disciple my worship ministry.   It's a great question and one to which I've floundered quite successfully over the years.  There are a surprising number of ways that we can gently and consistently disciple our worship ministries over a period of time (here I mean all of... Continue Reading →

Resources for Exploring James KA Smith

James KA Smith is a philosophy professor at Calvin College, a prolific author, and an engaging twitterer.  We came to love him (but not inordinately) through his recent writings on faith formation through worship.  Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation) is just the first in a series that will explore the idea of... Continue Reading →

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