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The Sounds of the Worship

Worship in multiple languages can unite, not divide, us when we appreciate the beauty of the expression of the sounds of our faith in one God.

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Christmas Isn't Over

Isn’t it strange that while society is so eager to begin celebrating Christmas, it is equally quick to drop it like a hot potato?

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Jesus at the Sleazy Diner

To my great surprise, the musical food was more nourishing than the physical food. And I wondered if that Flint diner had some things in common with that stable in Bethlehem.

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Singing Broken Hallelujahs

Too many times people think that Christianity is all happy-clappy being blessed (especially by other Christians). But that is far from the truth. And thus we sing, with tears in our eyes, broken hallelujahs. 

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National Gathering 2019 - Gearing Up!

I am greatly encouraged, inspired and delighted by God’s people in the CRC and I believe that I should pass on that encouragement to you all as well. God is moving and it is amazing!  Although the worshiping style of each community varies, as does the perspective on how to “do church,” I have found in the Catechism’s first Question and Answer a common thread that binds us all together.  

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Healing Worship

No matter what the setting, formal or informal, or economic class or neighborhood, can’t worship leaders self-consciously see their work as healing?

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The Nail

Growing up in the CRC, I found the lengthy reading prior to Communion a bit too formal. Now, missing a CRC nearby, I appreciate the brevity of Communion. Out of these thoughts, came this blog and poem. 

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Hamilton and Jesus

What if we thought about worship like Hamilton? More and more I’m convinced the Church’s captivating, timeless gospel song plays most memorably in the classic liturgy. 

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I Lie at Church

One Sunday as I sang along to the song on the screen, I realized I might not entirely mean what I was singing.

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"Wonder" full Worship

Twice a month I have the honor of leading worship for over twenty adults living with a developmental disability and often physical disabilities. I tell God’s stories using Children and Worship materials.

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Blessed by the Blessings of Others

I’ll never forget the professor who read Psalm 13 and tied it to his lifelong struggle with depression. The sanctuary was so quiet as he spoke that it seemed like everyone was blessed in glimpsing the blessings he received from this short but powerful Psalm.

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Working at Two Different Churches

For a year and a half now, I have worked part-time as a Worship Leader for two different churches. Would I recommend it? If you're up for a challenge and feel God is calling you, I'd say "yes" you can make it work.

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They Call This Friday Good

Jesus is no “rose, trampled on the ground.” This is no victim, “taking the fall” for other criminals. This is sovereign God, laying his life down on our behalf.

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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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Worship Reality Check

Two days after this January’s presidential inauguration, our liturgy included singing this sentence: “I see a generation rising up to take its place with selfless faith.” I suddenly heard my voice go silent. 

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