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14
May
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Is Your Church Rushing to the 1980s?

My family was out of state this past weekend and attended a “blended” service Sunday morning. I realize many of our churches are struggling to determine what their corporate worship should look like, but unfortunately (as I experienced this weekend), what I see in most settings is a rush to move from the 1950s to the 1980s.

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30
Apr
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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 »

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9
Apr
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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 »

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19
Apr
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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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13
Apr
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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 »

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6
Apr
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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 »

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30
Mar
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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 »

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23
Mar
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Worship Wars 6: Do We Love Our Traditions More Than We Love People?

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

Last week’s post looked at what it means to have a missionary mindset in our times of corporate worship. Continuing in this same direction, I have embedded a video of Bruce Frank, lead pastor of Biltmore Baptist Church in Arden, NC, recorded at the 2010 annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of NC.  In it, Bruce asks, “Do we love our traditions more than we love people?”

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16
Mar
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Worship Wars 5: Having a Missionary Mindset

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

This is the fifth installment of the Worship Wars series. Please realize that I am presenting several thought streams that should be considered in the overall discussion. It is important that you read each previous post and subsequent post as I try to pull together all of this material in the end. Differing viewpoints are presented along the way to help you as you consider the issues and ask God what changes, if any, should occur in your church’s corporate worship times. This topic is one of incredible importance to the church and should be treated with utmost care and consideration. I am devoting several weeks to this journey in hopes of helping churches look at various angles of consideration. Our Worship Leader Boot Camps are another great way to equip your church for worship renewal. Today, we look at the missionary mindset and how that may affect the look of our corporate worship times. Read more »

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3
Mar
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Worship Wars 4: It Might Be Time to Move Away from Tradition

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

Worship is not all about style.  The style of music is merely a tool that we use to craft a worship experience that is conducive to true worship, much like a painter uses a palette of different colors to create a masterpiece. I have attended traditional and contemporary churches that really worship.  I have also attended both styles of worship services where the people seem cold and unaffected.  (see post, A Tale of Two Churches) Read more »

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23
Feb
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Worship Wars 3: Ending the Worship War without a Truce

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

Ed Stetzer, of LifeWay Research, has written an excellent article on worship wars. There’s some great material here for our consideration as we dive into the issues surrounding the worship wars.

The reason worship wars exist is because the church thinks it is fighting for something permanent when it is actually temporary. Musical styles and service preferences are like a jacket that can be taken on or off depending upon the temperature. It is used only when needed. Read more »

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16
Feb
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Worship Wars 2: The Inner Struggle

Last week, when I started this series on “worship wars,” I entered with excitement about developing a series of posts that takes a hard look at styles of worship in the church. It’s time we really deal with the issues at hand.  I have been amazed and challenged at what God has impressed upon me as I have jumped head-first into confronting this ugly problem of the church. Read more »

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