I would like to express my deepest appreciate to those who have given financial support to Religious Affections Ministries in 2010. As you know, our ministry depends upon the giving of likeminded churches and individuals, so your donation was much appreciated. We currently have four churches supporting the ministry on a regular basis, and almost 15 individuals/families who give monthly, in addition to periodic gifts. Each of these sources of support is much needed and greatly valued. The full amount of all giving may be deducted on a donor’s 2010 income tax return since Religious Affections is a federally-approved 501 (c) (3) charity.
Our mission is to help churches think biblically about their worship and their music choices, a great need that no one else is filling today. Below, you will find a summary of what we have done through this ministry in 2010, in part because of your generous giving.
In 2010, I spoke in 20 different churches around the country. In many of these churches I spoke for a full Sunday; in some I spoke for an entire weekend. In each, I was encouraged by pastors and church members who earnestly desired to learn what the Bible had to say about their worship and music choices.
Other Speaking Engagements
Other chances I had to teach or preach in 2010 included:
- Four days of chapel at Maranatha Baptist Bible College
- A Conservative Worship Symposium in March (alongside Tim Fisher, Michael Riley, and Michael Harding)
- Directed the music at the Conference of the Church for God’s Glory (Rockford, IL) in May
- Answered questions about music with Matt Herbster at a Q&A at the Wilds Christian Camp
- Taught at Bethany Bible Church’s (Hendersonville, NC) Music Camp in June
- Spoke at First Baptist Church’s (Troy, MI) Family Bible Conference in June
- Preached and taught at a Music Conference in Curitiba, Brazil for 2 weeks in July
- Wrote and premiered choral/orchestral piece in honor of Steve Allen in September
- Lectured at Bob Jones Seminary in November
In January of 2010, we released my second book, Sound Worship: a Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, through our ministry. This book is geared for laymen who want an introduction to what the Bible says about worship and music, and it supplements my first book, Worship in Song: a Biblical Approach to Music and Worship. My hope is that it will be a great help to people.
In the fall, we published a reprint of Bernard of Clairvaux’s classic devotional work, On Loving God.
I continue to regularly post articles here on our website. Additionally, I have gathered 4 other thoughtful, conservative writers who have begun regularly contributing to the site.
By God’s grace, I believe Religious Affections Ministries was a help to his people for the glory of God in 2010. I regularly receive e-mails from people who express appreciation for what we are doing. Your financial support helps make all of this possible, so once again, I thank you deeply for your sacrificial giving!