Tag: worship

  • Sunday Service

    Sunday Service
  • Say Goodbye to the Mind-Numbing Meeting

    Say Goodbye to the Mind-Numbing Meeting

    We’ve all been there. The meeting that begins with the same agenda as every past meeting to time immemorial. The gathering that gets hijacked by one overbearing guest. The party that peters out like air going out of a balloon. And yet we’ve also been there when it’s gone, remarkably, right. When some purpose sparks […]

  • Trusting God (or What To Do When You’re Just Not Feeling It)

    Trusting God (or What To Do When You’re Just Not Feeling It)

    There are mornings when I’m just not feeling it.  During my prayer time, as I review the plan for the day, I say to God, (out loud sometimes), “Remind me again, why me?” Those are the days I write it out. I turn to a fresh page in my journal and continue the conversation.  For […]

  • Adapting Worship without Climbing Trees

    Adapting Worship without Climbing Trees

    After this many years in worship and as a worship leader, I’ve seen just about everything.  Sung prayers in a cathedral choir?  Check.  Pentecostal healing service in a South Carolina swamp?  Check.  Taizé?  Check.  Cowboy Church?  Check.  Blue jeans and guitars?  Check.  Radio show a la Prairie Home Companion?  Check.  In a tree?  Check. I […]

  • Taking Hospitality Out of the House (& Keeping Worship Weird)

    Taking Hospitality Out of the House (& Keeping Worship Weird)

    Preachers are fond of quoting Annie Dillard’s devastating critique of worship as she experienced it in a traditional church: On the whole, I do not find Christians outside of the catacombs sufficiently sensible of conditions.  Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke?  Or, as I suspect, does no […]

  • How to write a good country song

    How to write a good country song

    When was it that a hit country song became a list of country-fried images?  Seems like all you have to do is string together bare feet, pickup trucks, fishing poles, and mama and you’ve got you a bestseller.  (And, yes, I do know that I was a country music DJ back in the day when […]