Category Archives: Music

Bring back the organ!

Throughout the 1990s, churches experimented with the “seeker-friendly” or “Willow Creek” philosophy of church marketing. One of the underlying premises of this philosophy was, if you want to attract “unchurched” people to your church, then the last thing your church … Continue reading

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Bring Back the Organ!

(Originally published on 27 December, 2011) Throughout the 1990s, churches experimented with the “seeker-friendly” or “Willow Creek” philosophy of church marketing. One of the underlying premises of this philosophy was, if you want to attract “unchurched” people to your church, … Continue reading

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Advent Worship: Week 1

I am not planning worship for any church(es) this Advent season, but if I were, here is what I would suggest. All Scriptures are the appointed readings for Advent from the Revised Common Lectionary. This list does not include all … Continue reading

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It’s a good thing, I think.

This post is not about Martha Stewart, who is fond of saying “It’s a good thing.” It’s about the non-stop “Christmas” music on the radio right now (I will explain below why “Christmas” is in scare quotes). And the red … Continue reading

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All I ever needed to know I learned in the church choir.

(Or: Why your church needs to have choirs if it doesn’t already.) Republishing this older article due to several requests: Throughout the church in recent years, the two biggest casualties of the “worship wars” have been the church choir and … Continue reading

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Words Mean Things: Christmas Edition

I know it’s not Christmas yet, and I know there are a few souls left who try not to sing the “Christ is born!” type songs until Christmas Eve (and continue singing them throughout the Twelve Days of Christmas), so … Continue reading

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Rekindling Advent: Digital Edition now available!

Update: The Digital Edition  of Rekindling Advent is now available! If you use Kindle, Nook, iPad, or pretty much any other reader, you can download a digital edition directly from Doulos Resources. The paperback edition is $9.95 and the Digital … Continue reading

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