I spend sometime reflecting on Dr. Eugene Brand’s “Thoughts On Music Used In Worship” particularly his references to “artistically inferior” and “good and bad” music.

Continue Reading...

Zac Hicks and Coral Ridge Worship just released a new EP called “The Magnificent Three.” I knew the heart and premise behind the album and had been waiting for it for a while, so when I visited Zac’s blog and saw it was available to listen to I had to stop what I was doing and listen. When I got to “Before the Father” something happened to me that hasn’t happened for a very long time while listening to new music:

By the end of the song, I was speechless, and in tears in my office, and in fact, while listening to it again just now, had to stop typing and stand with arms raised in worship.

The concepts in the song are so specific and so complete when looking at the nature of our hearts, the nature of God’s mercy, and the nature of how and why His Son and Spirit were given to us.

I would strongly, strongly recommend singing this song, and will be using it soon at Living Word. Hear the song below, head to Zac’s blog to learn more about the EP, purchase the EP and find the free songbook for all the songs here.

“If we start asking these kinds of questions, all of a sudden our musicians and our sound crew move from being specialists to ministers. They become agents in the disciple-making process. Maybe, then, we should worry less about finding some one-size-fits-all volume level and instead think about how volume (within a single service or over a series of weeks) serves the narrative of the gospel.”

Great thoughts from Zac Hicks at his blog recently.

Zac Hicks on Volume in Worship

I’ve begun reading Daniel I. Block’s “For the Glory of God – Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship.” I love it so far and share some initial thoughts about the book.

Continue Reading...

Too often we force ourselves into false dilemmas. Ancient and modern worship are both beautiful and viable expressions of worship. Is it possible that our churches can successfully use AND merge both through the use of modern instrumentation and organ? It seems like I’m not the only one thinking about this. Let’s explore.

Continue Reading...