Tag Archives: service

Stop inviting God to your worship

Stop inviting God to your worship

We hear it all the time in corporate worship services: “God, we invite you to come as we worship you.” “God, fill this place as we worship.” “God, you are welcome here. Come down as we worship you.” The motivation is, of course, noble: we want to commune with God in worship. We don’t worship… Continue Reading

All Things to All Men | Part 5: What the Passage Means (vv22-23)

All Things to All Men | Part 5: What the Passage Means (vv22-23)

This entry is part of 6 in the series All Things to All Men You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

In 1 Cor 9:22, Paul says, “I have become all things to all men that by all means I might save some.” This should not be seen as a declaration of ministry pragmatism, but a rhetorically powerful restatement of the great depths of slavery Paul embraced to make Christ known to all men. Indeed, one could very… Continue Reading

How I order corporate worship

How I order corporate worship

Although there is no prescribed liturgy1 in Scripture, we do have clear commands that our corporate worship be “decent and in order” (1 Cor 14:40). Furthermore, since we are shaped by doing things over and over, our weekly corporate gatherings for worship are formative in shaping the worship in the rest of our lives, and… Continue Reading

The terrifying sound of silence

The terrifying sound of silence

We live in a world that’s constantly trying to drown out silence. We always have music around us. When we shop, when we drive, at the gym, at the office… It’s like we’ve set life to a soundtrack, hoping that it will make the day-to-day a little more interesting. Or perhaps it’s just an attempt… Continue Reading

Conclusion to <i>Recovering Intentional Worship: Some Things to Consider Including in Your Church Service</i> by David de Bruyn

Conclusion to <i>Recovering Intentional Worship: Some Things to Consider Including in Your Church Service</i> by David de Bruyn

Josiah may have been one of the bravest men who ever lived. Receiving the kingdom with the sword of God’ʹs impending judgment dangling over its head, Josiah set about reforming the worship of Judah with an almost frenzied diligence. He cleansed and repaired the Temple, destroyed idolatrous shrines, altars, and images, defiled the high places of idol worship (making them unusable),… Continue Reading

Introduction to <i>Recovering Intentional Worship: Some Things to Consider Including in Your Church Service</i> by David de Bruyn

Introduction to <i>Recovering Intentional Worship: Some Things to Consider Including in Your Church Service</i> by David de Bruyn

PURCHASE THE BOOKLET ON AMAZON When your car has broken down for the umpteenth time, you ask yourself the question: do I fix it or replace it? That kind of choice confronts us with kitchen appliances that break, computer gadgets that fail, and never‑ending household repairs. Is it better (and cheaper) to fix what we have or to replace… Continue Reading

Worship Services for Conservative Christians [Updated]

Worship Services for Conservative Christians [Updated]

UPDATE (5/29/11 6:24a EST): Several people have requested that I include links to the extra hymns in these services; they are linked below. Next week I am looking forward to participating in what has become an annual gathering of conservative friends. We’ve met for the past four years for mutual encouragement, instruction, discussion, and worship.… Continue Reading

How do you treat Independence Day in your Church?

How do you treat Independence Day in your Church?

A music pastor recently asked me the question, “How do you treat holidays like the 4th of July in your church?” Great question; here are some short thoughts: We can’t ignore that the 4th of July is the day of our country’s birth (especially when it falls on a Lord’s Day), but neither should we… Continue Reading

A Good Friday devotion

A Good Friday devotion

My good friend Michael Riley has compiled a book of hymns and poetry that can be used this Friday to commemorate the suffering of our Lord for our atonement. Michael writes, I have put these together in a small booklet that some of you might find useful, either for use individually, with your families, or perhaps… Continue Reading

How RAM Can Help Your Church

How RAM Can Help Your Church

I’ve been thrilled this year with the ways that Religious Affections Ministries has been able to help pastors and churches think biblically about worship and music. We’ve ministered in over 30 churches in addition to several conferences for a total of almost 100 hours of ministry! This ministry has included teaching, preaching, seminary lectures, conducting… Continue Reading

New book coming in January: Sound Worship

I’m excited to announce the coming publication of my new book, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World! This book is targeted for the average Christian layman. My first book, Worship In Song, is a biblical approach to tackling issues related to music and worship, but it’s quite technical and sometimes… Continue Reading

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Conservative churches that want to do a special service around Christmas time often have a hard time finding cialis price quality “pre-packaged” programs. So what are other alternatives? One of the best and most flexible options, in my opinion, is “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.” I used this service all but one of… Continue Reading

Book Review: Christ-Centered Worship by Bryan Chapell

Book Review: Christ-Centered Worship by Bryan Chapell

Christ-Centered Worship: Letting the Gospel Shape Our Practice, by Bryan Chapell. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009. 307 pp. $24.99. “Structures tell stories.” So opens Bryan Chapell’s recent volume, Christ-Centered Worship: Letting the Gospel Shape Our Practice, published by Baker Academic. Chapell, noted homiletician, theologian, and author of the popular volume, Christ-Centered Preaching, is president of… Continue Reading

Weddings: Opportunities to Proclaim the Gospel

Weddings: Opportunities to Proclaim the Gospel

For many Christians, wedding are unfortunately an opportunity for sentimentalism, extravagant pageantry, and smarmy music. It is my burden however, that a Christian wedding be an opportunity to magnify Christ and proclaim his gospel. Tomorrow I will be participating in the wedding ceremony of my sister-in-law, both as a minister and as a musician. My… Continue Reading