The High Priest As Worship Leader

"Thanks for leading us into God’s presence”, is a comment I’ve received throughout the years as a worship leader. It sounds good at first, and resonates with certain experiences we have during corporate worship. Upon closer reflection however, the description of corporate worship as “entering into God’s presence", or "his throne room” makes too much... Continue Reading →

New Song Spotlight: Now Why This Fear

Originally written by Augustus Toplady (who also wrote “Rock of Ages”) in 1772, Sovereign Grace’s Doug Plank wrote the music, chorus and bridge, and modernized some words for the text “Now Why This Fear” (Click for Video). Toplady’s care for his flock was evident as you read these words. This text speaks to those who... Continue Reading →

The Dangers of Awesome Worship

Paul Tripp explains the dangers of idolatry in a talk at a worship conference a few years ago, and I found it quite compelling. You can listen to the whole thing here. He starts out with this phrase..."The danger of idolatry is never more present than in moments of supposed worship." Dang. Let that sink in... Continue Reading →

Spring 2018 Worship Collective: Role of the Spirit

0:00-26:36 Biblical references for the Spirit's work 26:36-34:10 Characteristics of Spirit-Led worship 34:10-49:31 Reflection on our ministry 49:31-1:09:00 Discussion questions followed by funny video. (sorry I screwed up the power point slide for this section!) Here is the link to the slides I used. This past week we discussed the role of the Holy Spirit in... Continue Reading →

Planning a Service

Here is a condensed outline of elements for planning a service I gleaned from Bob Kauflin's workshop on service planning. I try to keep these in mind no matter what the order or theme is for any given Sunday. I don't necessarily think each of these elements needs to have it's own specific place (like... Continue Reading →

A List of Benedictions

Why Benedictions? What exactly is a benediction? A benediction is a short, concise blessing from scripture that can be a challenge, an assurance, a promise, or principle to live by.  It can also pronounce protection, comfort, abundance, or some other word of assurance.  It represents a joyful call to unity, faith, patience in trial, and faithful practice for the church based on... Continue Reading →

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