Random Thoughts: Words, Cliches, and What Matters

Normally when I write out a post I try to have it be organized. I have a pretty standard outline that I follow on this blog. But today, instead of one big topic, I’m gonna throw out a few random thoughts about worship leading written in a stream of consciousness. After writing this post mostly I found myself talking about words and lyrics, but there is also a bit about community and active participation. Here goes:

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The Electric: Gearing Up

In this series I try and address different aspects of the practical side of playing electric guitar in church music. This week we’ll talk getting ready to play on Sunday, especially if you don’t know the set list.

I’m playing electric guitar in the band this Sunday. I don’t know the set list, or anything other than that I’m supposed to show up. How do you get ready for something like that?

It’s not an idea situation but it is what it is, and a lot of churches do it that way and it works fine for them. So if you’ve new to a worship band that operates on short notice and you don’t get the set until the morning of, or if you’ve been doing it this way for a while but are still struggling with how to do it well, here’s some thoughts:

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Personal Vs. Corporate Worship Pt. 1: The Church As A Whole

A while back, I had a conversation with a lady from another church. When she found out I was a worship leader, she asked what worship music I listen to during the week? It’s kind of a tricky question to answer. I find the hip-hop of artists like Lecrae and Thi’sl to be very worshipful. I find that I worship Jesus to heavy metal bands like August Burns Red and War of Ages. But I really doubt that this very nice older lady would find any of these artists helpful for her. I also doubt that the heavy metal or rap worship would go over well at my church.

Why? Because the question of what worship music I listen to is a question of personal worship. This is the music that I listen to on my own that helps me to worship Jesus and turn my heart and mind towards God. What about when it’s not just me, but a whole church full of people? What music and expression should we use towards the same ends. The problem we come to is when confuse personal worship with corporate worship.

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Worship Without Music


We need new words for things. One of those things is Song Worship. As a culture in the West we have limited worship to singing and singing related activities.  I’ve heard bass players, and soundmen and overhead slide operators all complain about how they can’t “worship” when they serve in those capacities. Music and Song is only one small way that we as christians worship Jesus.

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Gear Review: TC Electronics Alter Ego Delay

BRAND: TC Electronics

MODEL: Alter Ego Delay (Flashback). The Alter Ego is essentially the same as the Flashback but with two different presets and different paint job. Only available at proguitarshop.com. This review is for the Alter Ego (although very applicable for the Flashback delay)

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What Is Worship?

A few weeks back I watched an episode of the Exchange, a webcast that Lifeway puts out each Tuesday, where Mike Cosper from Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky talked about worship. What is it? What does it look like? Why do we sing? As well as other topics.

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