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20 Ways to Pray for Your Pastors

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  Pray they never sacrifice their families for ministry since family is ministry.  Pray that congregants will talk to them instead of about them. Pray for perseverance when they feel like their ministry shelf-life is speeding toward its expiration date. Pray that scripture and prayer instead of politics and popular culture is the foundation for […]

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20 Ways to Pray for Worship Leaders

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Ways to Pray for Worship Leaders     Pray that they never sacrifice their family for ministry since their family is ministry. Pray for them to prepare for Sunday by focusing on worship as primary and music as secondary. Pray that they will help us focus more on the creator and less on their creativity. […]

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20 Blessings for Continuous Worship

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Worship isn’t just our response to God’s revelation through the songs we sing on Sunday, it’s also our response through the rhythms and harmonies of life on Monday. Worshiping as we gather here and scatter there are both biblical and necessary if we are to faithfully love God and love our neighbors as we love […]

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20 Paradoxologies

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A Paradox is a statement that contradicts itself or a situation that seems to defy logic. A Doxology is a liturgical action or expression of praise and worship to God. When the two are combined the result is a Paradoxology or liturgical action or expression that contradicts itself or seems to defy logic. 20 Paradoxologies […]

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What Are You Reading About Worship? Bibliography 2003-2013

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What are you reading about worship?  Are you reading about worship is probably the more penetrating question.  The words of Eric Hoffer are profound as congregations consider worship renewal and the potential changes that might be required for that renewal.  Hoffer stated, “In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves […]

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Is Spontaneous Prayer More Spiritual than Scripted Prayer?

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Hughes Oliphant Old wrote, “For many generations American Protestants have prized spontaneity in public prayer.  One has to admit, however, that the spontaneous prayer one often hears in public worship is an embarrassment to the tradition.  It all too often lacks content.  It may be sincere, but sometimes it is not very profound.”[1] In his […]

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Must Worship Always Be So Happy? The Language of Lament Part 2

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HOPE FOR THE FUTURE – The Language of Lament – Part 2 If worshiping communities will only achieve their best by offering God their worst, how is this accomplished in your worship culture? I stated in last weeks post that we must persistently remind one another that God expects our language of lament and is […]

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Must Worship Always Be So Happy? The Language of Lament – Part 1

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HOPE FROM DESPAIR:  The Language of Lament – Part 1 Are participants in your worship context ever given an opportunity to express despair or grief as a corporate act of worship?  Do worshipers have the freedom to ask God why through music, Scripture, prayer, and teaching?  In light of the suffering of our culture, is […]

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Creating Worship Tourists

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In Teaching a Stone to Talk, Annie Dillard wrote, “Why do we people in churches seem like cheerful, brainless tourists on a packaged tour of the Absolute? The tourists are having coffee and doughnuts on Deck C. Presumably someone is minding the ship correcting the course, avoiding icebergs and shoals, fueling the engines, watching the […]

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Pulpit Envy

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No matter how large or small, every church should be developing distinctly and becoming uniquely the congregation God has called them to be. Loving the Lord with heart, soul, mind, and strength and loving our neighbor as we love ourselves are never contingent on congregational size or abilities. It is instead our offering of all […]

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But Even if He Doesn’t

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Because of the pandemic we have been in an unusual and unpredictable season of trying to figure out how to continue leading music and worship well. We’ve had to make some difficult and not always popular decisions. And for the foreseeable future we’ve had to cancel or at least suspend some of those music and […]

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Worship Spectators or Participators

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When the Navy starting quarterback was injured in the first half of a 2016 game with Fordham, the coaches called freshman Malcolm Perry out of the stands and into the game. He was listed as the team’s number four quarterback. The number three quarterback had been suspended that week so, consequently, the number two quarterback […]

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Play the Ball Where the Monkey Drops It

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The following is an excerpt from my new book, Better Sundays Begin on Monday: 52 Exercises for Evaluating Weekly Worship, Copyright ©2020 by Abingdon Press. Print and E-Version copies are available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, Books A Million, Cokesbury, and Christian Book. When facing difficulties in life, some of us are able to adapt and others get stuck or […]

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Bandwagon Effect

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The following is an excerpt from my new book, Better Sundays Begin on Monday: 52 Exercises for Evaluating Weekly Worship, Copyright ©2020 by Abingdon Press. Better Sundays Begin on Monday is scheduled to be released in a couple of weeks on September 15. Print and E-Version copies are available now for Pre-Order at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, Books […]

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Singing in Regathered Worship: Want or Need?

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Want is something we desire, hope for, or wish for. Need is something essential to survive. We want to sing both congregationally and chorally in our worship services as we regather but we don’t need to sing for worship to occur. So even if we want to sing and can’t or can’t as much, we […]

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