Song of The Month: Joy Inexpressible

New song is up! Check it out here Joy Inexpressible It’s been a while since I’ve posted here and I hope you’ll forgive me. With Covid-19 life has gotten a little crazy. As a worship pastor I’ve been facing the challenge of leading others in encouraging, instructive, and worshipful music even though we can’t meetContinue reading “Song of The Month: Joy Inexpressible”

Writing Songs that Encourage

Now, more than ever, we need encouragement, right? We live in turbulent times full of fear and uncertainty. In these trials, millions upon millions of people will turn to music for strength and a sense of community, especially if they cannot gather in person. For one example, I look to Italy and see those whoContinue reading “Writing Songs that Encourage”

On Hating Songs and Reflections on “The Blessing”

One thing that most denominations hold in common is that they all tend to hate how someone else worships. If you want to experience this try clapping at a Presbyterian church or suggest a liturgical service to a Baptist. I remember one story I heard from a missionary. This particular missionary was an ethnomusicologist (someoneContinue reading “On Hating Songs and Reflections on “The Blessing””

“Be Thou My Vision” and the Importance of Hymns

It’s March! And The song of the month is “Be Thou My Vision (All That I Long For)” . This one has a special place in my heart. “Be Thou My Vision” was one of those songs that helped me fall in love with hymns. Now it would be helpful to define what a hymnContinue reading ““Be Thou My Vision” and the Importance of Hymns”

Equipping The Saints

One of the most impactful, musical, experiences in my life is playing songs for the saints who are confined to nursing homes. Many of these brothers and sisters have Alzheimer’s and dementia. They are so weak that they cannot rise from their wheel chairs and if somehow they manage to stand they are in greatContinue reading “Equipping The Saints”

Yes, one “P” (and thoughts on worshiping)

Ever since The Worshiping Songwriter began there has been a debate about whether it should be “worshiping” or “worshipping”. Some people, who I greatly appreciate, are passionate about keeping my grammar and spelling in line with acceptable conventions. The Lord knows that I give them enough material to correct but in this instance I takeContinue reading “Yes, one “P” (and thoughts on worshiping)”