Category Archive: Worship Arts

I’m Starting a New Church

  WHAT’S NEXT? After eleven years of amazing opportunities in ministry at CrossPoint, I found myself trying to figure out what God wanted me to do next. I began seeking Him for a new opportunity. I prayed for direction. I had conversations with numerous people to see what was out there. I talked with friends …

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Farewell CrossPoint

Friends and Family, I’m writing to share with all of you what some of you have already learned. On Tuesday, January 13th I was laid off from CrossPoint Community Church due to a budget shortfall. CrossPoint has been the church home for my family and me for eleven years. We will forever treasure the friendship, …

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EVANGELISTIC WORSHIP – Part 2 | MODERN WORSHIP VS HISTORICAL WORSHIP

Let’s divide the church into two giant categories—Modern Worship and Historical Worship. Actually, the church has already been divided into those categories, maybe we should try to bring them back together. Modern Worship is very popular but it has plenty of critics and is a pretty easy target for abuse. Worshipsters can look goofy with …

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EVANGELISTIC WORSHIP – Part 1

I need to clarify what I mean when I talk about Worship. In a broadly defined sense “Worship” is the entire Christian life. Everything we do in response to God is worship. In both the Old Testament and New Testament the word most often translated as “worship” means to bow down, face down, and submit …

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Silly Words and How They Have Helped Me

Some people like to make up words. Maybe they like to noun verbs, or verb adjectives—maybe they like to mash words together or add a suffix as necessary as a worshipster’s scarf. I have found some of these new words to be helpful and others not so much. I have noticed that some people are …

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How Can We Say Things So People Will Hear Us?

Making The Familiar Strange Sometimes it is helpful to say something with different words so it can have impact again. When we hear things over and over in exactly the same way we can lose the ability to listen to the meaning. I overheard two people in church yesterday as they greeted each other with …

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Transitions are Where the Bad Things Happen

(Or, What I Learned about Major Life Changes From Worship Planning) On Sunday morning the band enters the stage quietly while the congregation is busy finding seats and talking among themselves. The first song begins and will probably make it to the end without much trouble. There might be awkward silence before the next song …

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It’s Called “Worship Arts”

Artists make beautiful things that help people respond to God and give Him glory. It’s an easy concept to grasp, and most of us have experienced music and other created things that have helped us worship God. The church needs true artists. Great art happens when the artist is “in the moment” working in freedom—when they …

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The Dangers of Church Work

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I was anxious about working at a church full-time. Before I played in Atomic Opera I had gone to Bible College to become an Assembly of God Pastor and nearly lost my faith. We joked that “seminary” was more like a “cemetery” where young Gospel zeal goes to die. Many of my friends survived dusty theology …

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Transitions Can Be Hard to Accept

Sometimes it is hard to say yes to God because we don’t want to give up on a dream. My band Atomic Opera was signed to Warner Brothers Records, released an album, had a couple music videos on MTV, toured all over and lived the rock n’ roll dream. While we were on tour I …

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