Should Worship Musicians Study Music?

Too often the study of music is overlooked, or even frowned upon within the contemporary worship culture. There has emerged a stark dichotomy between the musician who knows versus the musician who feels. Dichotomies by their very nature evolve, even devolve, into ideological camps. When it comes to music, though, it is possible to know and to feel music and...

The Integration of Faith in the Arts

One of the world’s most renown Christian apologists, Ravi Zacharias, 74, died May 19 of this year. At the age of 17, Zacharias tried to commit suicide by swallowing poison. He said that the words of Jesus to Thomas recorded in John 14:19 rescued him: “Because I live, you also will live.” The young man gave his...

Social Distancing Redeemed as Sabbath

I recently saw—and shared—a meme that said, “Public health officials are strongly advocating for ‘social distancing’ or as Enneagram 5s call it, ‘relationships.’” I, as an Enneagram 5, thought it was hilarious, but I realize that for more extroverted people, this time of social distancing that COVID-19 gave us is a more difficult social adaptation. Regardless of...

What the Burning of Notre Dame Says About the American Church

The Notre Dame Cathedral burned in April 2019. The burning revealed neglect, rot, and decay both by the French society and the Catholic Church. The American church is experiencing the same revelation of neglect, rot, and decay. The world watched in disbelief as the Cathedral of Notre Dame engulfed in flames. Regardless of your...

Worship Leadership: Poetic Lyrics and Reckless Theology

As a child growing up in church, one of my earliest memories is sitting in children’s church on a Sunday morning singing “Jesus Loves the Little Children.” I grew up in the St. Louis area and I vividly remember singing the song and then the children’s worker teaching us that God loves each of us, “no matter...

Do Ethics Matter?

Recently, a journalism professional who works in a developing country asked me why ethics matter, especially where government is repressive and people treat their profession as a job rather than a vocation. In other words, if journalists are going to behave irresponsibly either because of fear of repression or out of a quest for material benefit, then...

Worship Leadership and the Growing Crisis

I have been a worship leader/pastor for more than twenty years, and now more than ever the church is facing a crisis of faith, morality, and overall biblical foundation and discipleship in worship leadership.  Before addressing the problem, let me say that I love to worship. I also love the many styles, sounds, and...