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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

Christmas Cantata Review: Lord of Glory

Forrest, Dan, Lord of Glory. Price: $6.95 Item #: 243758 Publisher: SoundForth, 2007 Length: 112 pp. Purchase: Book | Spiral-bound | Preview pack | Demo CD | Accomp CD | Rehearsal CD From the website: From Dan Forrest: My desire is for this cantata to communicate the unadorned scriptural story of the incarnation in the… Continue Reading

Orderly Worship

Orderly Worship

As pastors and music directors, we have the responsibility of planning and leading the congregational worship services in our churches. Does it matter how those services are ordered? Some church leaders favor spontaneity and freedom in their worship. If someone has a testimony or favorite hymn they’d like to offer at the spur of the… Continue Reading

Pastors: Help Your Musicians Plan Orderly Worship

Pastors: Help Your Musicians Plan Orderly Worship

One great weakness in church worship today is that pastors have entirely given up the planning of services to musicians. This wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing if the musicians worked with the pastors, and there is certainly benefit to the input of musicians regarding the hymns and other music within a service. But without… Continue Reading

A Commitment to Deliberate Worship

A Commitment to Deliberate Worship

The third priority of Religious Affections Ministries is to encourage a commitment to deliberate worship in churches. Unfortunately, many church leaders put little or no time carefully thinking through their worship services. I’ve been amazed how many times I’ve witnessed some of the following occurrences: a music director frantically flipping through the hymnal five minutes… Continue Reading

The Music of David Rasbach

The Music of David Rasbach

Speaking of good things coming out of SoundForth, I recently received a choral demo from them featuring the music of David Rasbach. First, and add it to your choral collection. It is excellent. It is only $6. It is professionally recorded, features the Bob Jones Academy Chorale (which Rasbach directs, and whose sounds is better… Continue Reading