Here are a few resources to help you prepare for Good Friday and Easter. Good Friday "Poor Bishop Hooper" is a band that put together an hour long of original music narrating the events of Good Friday called "Golgatha". It's beautiful and moving (in my opinion!) There's a companion booklet with corresponding scripture as well.... Continue Reading →
Emmanuel: Born to Dwell and to Die
God has always found a way to dwell with his people, and Jesus is the culmination of that. We read in John 1 that The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Christmas is a celebration of a holy God coming to dwell with his sinful people, inhabiting the creation he spoke into existence, and... Continue Reading →
The Puzzle Pieces of Identity: Loves, Habits, and Worship
You are what you love, you love what you desire, your desire shapes your habits, your habits shape your worship, your worship shapes your identity, you are what you love... Got all that? Let's break it down backwards just to be clear! First, you are what you love because what we love shapes our identity... Continue Reading →
Look Back to Move Forward
Where did you learn that? It’s a question we may ask our kids, but we’d be better off asking ourselves first! We often go through life on autopilot, acting and reacting in our set ways. I’m not talking about committing “big sins”, but the little ways and habits that show up as we interact with... Continue Reading →
Desiring Resurrection Life
Easter is a day where the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is front and center in our prayers, songs, and preaching. This can give a false impression that during the rest of the year we should be emphasizing something else because this is only worth emphasizing once a year. That couldn’t be further from the truth!... Continue Reading →
New Song Spotlight: My Worth Is Not In What I Own
“My Worth Is Not In What I Own” is a new song for us, written by the Gettys and Graham Kendrick. There are great arrangements by both the Gettys (with Fernando Ortega) and by Shane and Shane (which is closer to what we play in church). This song seeks to hold in tension two truths... Continue Reading →
Singing is Prayer, So Your Prayer Life Isn’t that Bad!
Matthew Westerholm helpfully condenses some of John Calvin's thoughts on singing and prayer. You can read it here... First, singing our prayers helps us unite our gathered church. Second, singing our prayers helps focus our wandering thoughts. Third, singing helps inflame our withering affections. Fourth, singing our prayers helps us engage our entire bodies.
C.S. Lewis on the Incarnation
It's Advent season! It's a time not for idolatry, materialism, and gluttony, but worship, anticipation, and reflection on the glories of God shown in the incarnation. With that I want to share one of my favorite quotes from my dead best friend Clive Staples (commonly known as C.S. Lewis). Hear him glory in the marvels... Continue Reading →
Can Anything Aid Our Worship?
Do we need things to help us worship? We may not say that we do, but do we act like it? In our hearts, do we believe we need certain things like specific instrumentation, arranging, or styles to aid us in worship? Here’s the biblical reality: everyone in our congregation and on our worship teams... Continue Reading →
A New Beginning
On the third day the friends of Christ coming at day-break to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways they realized the new wonder; but even they hardly realized that the world had died in the night. What they were looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in a semblance of the gardener God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but the dawn.