Worship

A Quick Update on Life and a Reason for Radio Silence

Hello all! As some of may have heard, my research proposal to the Christian Congregational Music Conference has been accepted! I am extremely happy for this opportunity, and have a busy few months of research ahead of me. My proposal is to study the correlation between style of music (genre) performed in a given congregation during Sunday services…

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Blind Spots

I just finished reading Mark Labberton’s new book Called. It is a wonderfully thoughtful and pastoral exhortation to live life in such a way as to be the gospel in an embodied way. I highly recommend it. As I was reading it, I began thinking about the ways I do and do not live into…

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“An Honest Question to Difficult Answers”

Last summer, I was given the opportunity to write an article on music, worship, and anti-racism for the journal Liturgy. My task was to explore what it is to work towards racial reconciliation through church music in non-multicultural congregations. That article was published online on Tuesday and will be out in print next month! The…

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Prayers

Life has been, well, busy. And of course the first thing that takes the hit is this little blog here. But today I had to write out five rhyming prayers for a class, and I liked most of them so much that I have decided to post them here. Some are funny, some are sad.…

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Worship Thoughts For The First World

Worship cannot be too consonant, for then it becomes unreal. Just as in life dissonance not only exists, but illuminates the consonants, so it must be in worship. If life becomes too consonant we will manufacture a dissonance, or we will kill ourselves. This is evidenced by the fact that people in developing nations do…

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Forms and Meanings

I am writing this during a time of musical worship led by great friends of mine. That is an important caveat for what is to follow.  I can’t connect to it. Why? Am I too far gone into some long suffering plot of doubt and questions? I don’t know. But here’s my best attempt at…

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