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Beware of Dissing the Preacher

As I read through sermons by the great Reformer Martin Luther, I got stuck on a sermon from Luke 2:41-52. Was I concluding that Luther preached a good sermon but did not preach the text?

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The Evangelical Liturgist

If every congregation has a liturgy and every congregation has liturgists, doesn’t it make sense to prepare individuals to serve as liturgists?

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Learning from the Lyrics of God

It didn’t take me long to determine that my repertoire doesn’t include a song with lyrics like those written by God in Deuteronomy 32 – and then to ask, “What is God trying to teach me?”

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Winging Our Prayers

Why do most pastors prepare their sermons and most worship leaders prepare their songs, but some of those same individuals choose to wing their prayers?

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All of Life is Worship - Really?

Perhaps you have heard this all-too familiar mantra: Life is worship! I wonder, however, if we can hit the pause button to reflect on the premise that worship includes everything we do.

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What is Reformed Worship?

We may answer that question in two ways. A prescriptive answer offers essential connections between Reformed theology and Reformed worship. A descriptive answer assumes that Reformed worship is worship by Reformed people.

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The Rise of Worship Schools

During the last few decades the Worship Pastor or Director of Worship or Worship Leader has become a very important position within the ministry team of a local congregation. In response, a number of worship schools have popped up around the nation...

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Time-Regulated Worship

While few of us spend much time in the Old Testament book of Leviticus, when we do we discover an exciting truth: our God loves to party.

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When All Else Fails

As worship leaders and volunteers, rehearsal is important. Yet, there's one crucial part of the preparation for worship: taking the time to center down and have God prepare our hearts for worship.

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Sermon-Centricity on Sunday

Little attention has been given to the role of the sermon. Yet, according to a recent survey, the sermon is the focal point of the Sunday service. Here’s the backstory to that research.

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Let’s Talk About Worship Taxonomy

With the great diversity of worship practices in American Protestantism, it’s more and more difficult to share meaningful conversations about worship without an agreed upon taxonomy. 

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Strategies towards Multicultural Worship

The question here is, “What message are we sending to a congregation when we only sing songs written by white men?”  What message are we sending to those who are not WASP males? When I take time to ask those questions of those who are not like me, I learn that such a practice hinders the goal of becoming a multi-ethnic church by suggesting that...

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