“Worship is no longer worship when it reflects the culture around us *more* than the Christ within us.” – A.W. Tozer I am a proponent of the ideal, “We have a never-changing message communicated via ever-changing methods.” Tozer’s quote here should not be interpreted in opposition to this ideal. Paul wrote, “Faith comes from hearing, … Continue reading Worshiptainment

Minor Prophets with a Major Message: Amos

One of the reasons God sent Amos to the northern kingdom of Israel was to rebuke them for their disregard for genuine worship of God. We can't fool God.  He knows the difference between a fact and a fake.  Genuine and pretentious. It is easy to skim over the biblical passages citing God’s abhorrence of … Continue reading Minor Prophets with a Major Message: Amos

Pause – And Think About That…

The Hebrew word, "selah," found repeatedly in the Psalms is thought by scholars to be an ancient musical term used in the Hebrew psalter meaning, in essence, "pause and think about that." The following is worth  pausing and thinking about. In the first century, the church had no spot-lights, smoke machines, electric instruments or sound … Continue reading Pause – And Think About That…

The Power of Praising God

"About midnight (after having been illegally beaten and imprisoned), Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose." … Continue reading The Power of Praising God

A Very Brief Theology of Christian Worship Music

One question I like to occasionally ask myself (and our lead team) as we lead the musical portion of our worship services comes from theologian, John Frame, who asks, "Does what we sing help our people think more - or less - theologically?" After all, I have no interest in our folks leaving thinking, "Wow! … Continue reading A Very Brief Theology of Christian Worship Music