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A Tale of Two Churches (Part One)

When we look at who we are today, we can often look back into our lives and find things–either good or bad–that have shaped our worldviews, our philosophies, our direction in life, or perhaps our concepts of who God is. I call these defining moments, or in the terms of Henry Blackaby, spiritual markers.

For me, a significant revelation of God occurred about fifteen years ago that forever shaped my views on worship and worship leading. Read more

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Six Reasons Some Churches Are Moving Back to One Worship Style

Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, has observed six reasons some churches are moving back to one worship style. Take a look at his post: Read more »

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When God Doesn’t Like Hymns

My friend and counterpart from the Kansas-Nebraska Convention,David Manner, pens a great article helping us look at worship that is pleasing to God.

Music that pleases God is not contingent on what we sing. It is, instead, pleasing to God because of the character and attitude of those who sing it. Read more »


If We Just Change Our Worship Style, the Church Will Grow Again

Often people feel that if they could just change their church’s worship style to be like the church across town or on television, the church will explode with growth. Read more »


What Worship Style Attracts the Millennials?

Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, provides some great insights about worship and Millennials: Read more »


Deference Over Preference

I work with many multi-generational churches that are striving to achieve unified worship. To achieve true unity in worship, there must be much love and self-sacrifice. This article, written by my friend, Paul Clark, Jr., Director of Worship & Music Ministries for Tennessee Baptist Convention, sheds more light on the issue. Read more »


Conflict Over Styles of Worship?

As long as we have had organized church and people with personal preferences, there has been conflict over styles of worship. Take a look at this brief video that adds some humor to the conflict in worship. Read more

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What Style of Worship Is Appropriate for My Church?

Churches throughout the world are struggling with what style of worship is appropriate for their setting. Many churches find themselves dying, stuck to old forms of worship that once were very meaningful, yet now don’t seem to engage the people in meaningful worship nor speak a language that the unchurched can understand. In the 50’s and 60’s, worship was pretty similar among churches of the same denomination and most sang from a common source—the denominational hymnal. Read more »


Worship Wars 10: Should Churches Offer Differing Styles of Worship?

(Note: For best impact, begin with the first post of the series.)

Churches across our country have found a way to avoid worship wars in their church. The solution: offer worship services of varying styles so that everyone can attend a service that meets their personal preferences. It seems to make sense. We want to reach the community around us (missionary mentality), yet we do not want to impose new musical styles and other new forms of communication on those that prefer older forms of communication and music. This way, we can reach our community and keep our existing congregation content. Seems like a win-win. Maybe not. Read more »

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Worship Wars 9: Wrapping Up

We have been exploring the topic of worship wars for most of the last ten weeks. If you haven’t had a chance to read all the posts,begin with the first post of the series. In this post and next week’s post, I want to share with you many of my thoughts and struggles on the topic as I bring this series to a close.

There are many churches who are stuck in the past because they are simply afraid of introducing new songs or forms of worship into their times of corporate worship. Many of these churches are no longer engaging the non-churched culture around them because they refuse to embrace languages that speak the vernacular of the people. As I mentioned in a previous post, Read more »


Worship Wars 8: Swindoll Weighs In

Note: For best impact, begin with the first post of the Worship Wars series.

I loved reading books by Chuck Swindoll during my college years. Indeed a number of his books had a profound impact on my life. Just recently, I read one of his new releases, The Church Awakening: The Urgent Call for Renewal. Swindoll devotes the fourth chapter to worship and makes some profound observations about worship wars in the church today.

Early on, Swindoll talks about the difference between the essence of worship and the expression of worship. The ESSENCE of worship has to do with our internalizing our adoration. He defines it as “a clear, definitive, conscious connection with the living God.” Read more »


Worship Wars 7: Unified Worship – Breaking Down the Barriers of Age and Ethnicity

Note: For best impact, begin with the first post of the Worship Wars series.

Many churches seem to have landed on what they feel is a solution for worship wars–provide differing styles of worship so that you can provide an option that meets most people’s personal preferences for worship. Indeed, Saddleback offers eight different worship styles options. As Tullian Tchividjian, pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, writes in his book, Unfashionable, “Building the church on age appeal…or stylistic preferences is as contrary to the reconciling effect of the Gospel as building it on class, race, or gender distinctions.” Is our effort to reach many through offering a variety of options in worship actually being counterproductive to the message of the gospel? Read more »