1VOICE Worship Experience

1VOICE Worship Experience

Posted on Sep 9, 2011 in Christian Music, Worship Music | No Comments

I am extremely excited to be a part of the 1VOICE Worship Experience – a worship night for Chicagoland, tomorrow night, Sept. 10th from 7-10 PM. Practices have been absolutely amazing. Even for your Christian friends who typically hate Christian music, it’s going to be pretty ridiculous. Come say “hi” afterward if you can make […]

Wanting a Racially Diverse Church that Prefers White Music

Wanting a Racially Diverse Church that Prefers White Music

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 in Church Music, Worship Music | No Comments

When I first moved back to the Chicago suburbs, I attended a black church for a little more than a year. It was an amazing place. The people were passionate. The pastor provoked you to growth. The music was performed with excellence. And my wife and I were the only white people in the room. […]

Jesus Loved Idioms. Hymns Ignore Them.

Jesus Loved Idioms. Hymns Ignore Them.

Posted on Aug 26, 2011 in Christian Lyrics, Songwriting | No Comments

Christ used parables to speak to people where they were, in ways they could understand. He references the blacksmith, and the farmer – using analogies that our pastors have to explain to us today, simply because most of us have never struck iron, nor plowed a field. In the same way, some of our songs […]

Is Your Worship Team Made up of Musicians or Artists?

Is Your Worship Team Made up of Musicians or Artists?

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 in Church Music, Worship Leading | No Comments

Do you know whether you’re a musician or an artist? No, it’s not a loaded question. “Artist” isn’t the better answer. But, it’s a different one. For example, let’s say someone at your church tells you they play the flute and are interested in being a part of your praise team. Obviously, you say “no”, […]

Christian Music Lyrics as Memory Aids

Christian Music Lyrics as Memory Aids

Songs are memory aids. It’s how you learned the alphabet. It’s how you learned the 50 states. It’s how you, to this day, still remember the theme songs from every single 90s television show….“Whatever happened to predictability?” The question is, what are we memorizing with our Christian music today? Lynrd Skynrd front man Ronnie Van […]

Let’s Get All Oedipan in Church Today

Let’s Get All Oedipan in Church Today

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 in Music Theory | No Comments

Ok, I’m fully aware that some of you aren’t going to be able to come with me on this today. But, as the first-time parent of a 6-week old, it’s something I’ve been thinking about a whole lot recently. The idea of “recreating the womb.” My little daughter is extraordinarily fussy. Doctors and child psychologists […]

The Church Music Wars: Anything Not Banned is Permissible?

The Church Music Wars: Anything Not Banned is Permissible?

Posted on Jul 29, 2011 in Church History | No Comments

The Bible speaks to orderly worship as it was acted out in the early church, but not in quite enough specifics to end the debate entirely. So, the question remains, what is permissible? As language, culture, communication, rhetoric, tradition and music evolve, do we evolve with it? This is the question at the heart of […]

“What Can Miserable Christians Sing?” by Carl Trueman

“What Can Miserable Christians Sing?” by Carl Trueman

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 in Psalms, Relevant Reverence | 2 Comments

I often get in e-mail debates from Christians who have listened to my album, “The Fallen Cry” (sung from the voice of the fallen) and seen my claim that these songs are indeed appropriate for a church setting – and they go off on me. I am rarely/never able to convince these people of the […]

What if We All Sang to Each Other?

What if We All Sang to Each Other?

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 in Christian Lyrics, Church Music, Songwriting | No Comments

Who should our Church songs be written to? Not “who should they be written for?” But, who should we be singing to? God? Ourselves? Each other? In a congregational worship setting, we largely sing songs about the grandeur of God. Less often, our songs are prayers – personal confessions of weakness written broadly enough for […]

Stylistic Snobbery

Stylistic Snobbery

Posted on Jul 13, 2011 in Church Music | 2 Comments

Air Jordan 11 Low Columbia 2017 One thing I’ve had to be incredibly careful to avoid (and have failed to on countless occasions) is a variation of what C.S. Lewis called “Chronological Snobbery“. Chronological snobbery is the dismissal of things belonging to a past age as being inherently inferior to those of today. In my […]