8 Tips for an effective #worship team band practice

8 Tips for an effective #worship team band practice

As a professional performer, I spend most of my week practising. You might say that, basically, I get paid to practice. Your church band might not cost the tens of thousands of dollars it costs a symphony orchestra to rehearse, but it probably costs your members valuable free time, and so we need to respect that and use the time effectively. It’s common for church music teams […]

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NT Wright and the answer of the cross

Back when I lived in Toowoomba I happened to do an eschatology unit in a correspondence course, and reading Tom Wright on the physicality of the new creation was one of those really helpful ‘aha!’ moments in my own theological thinking. In fact, I’ve now lost count of the the number of times I’ve handed out the link to this interview in Time magazine. I […]

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Links worth reading #2

Fighting the Tyranny of Ministry Success – Desiring God. Embrace the people that he’s put in front of you. Don’t envy someone else’s sheep. Care for yours. The Three Worst Qualities of the Gospel-Centered Movement. The gospel-centered movement has the potential to turn us into legalists about the gospel. Artists, Ministry, And The Tension Between Christian & Secular Art – David Santistevan But what we see in […]

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80’s & 90’s praise and worship music are the new hymns

… in that, just as hymns were shunned as outdated  and cheesy during the reign of 80’s & 90’s praise and worship music, so now they too are being ditched as dated. But perhaps the biggest irony is that this trend to shun the songs of the 80’s & 90’s is also being perpetrated by those who almost certainly defended hymns. In fact, with the […]

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Some stream of consciousness on a Summer Sunday evening

I was standing during the service today, and it came into my head, “our church is in a really good season”. I’m very excited about the art project I’m helping organise at our church which will compliment a 4-part sermon series called ‘the season of the soul’. I’m excited about encouraging artists within our congregation, and celebrating the creativity God has blessed us with. I’m […]

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How great your love – a rough demo

I spent a bit more time on the draft I posted the other day and significantly reworked parts of it, to the point where it’s no longer called ‘This is love’ (those lyrics don’t exist anymore!) but ‘How great Your love’. I realised that the chorus just didn’t work – a hard decision to make, because it was the initial part I came up with.. maybe […]

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Links worth reading #1

I realised that I’ve been posting interesting links on my facebook wall annoyingly too often, so rather than do that, each time I come across something I think is worth sharing, I’ll add to a blog post draft. Once that draft contains five links, I’ll post it. No temporal rhythm, just every time it fills up with five links. I hope this is a more […]

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This is love (draft nr. 2) – feedback please!

I came up with a couple of new verses of ‘This is love‘ (or should it be called ‘How great your love’?) today, so now it looks like: Verse 1: The measure of your love is seen at the cross With arms nailed wide you ransom us Your holy love bears the weight of sin As wounds which heal marr the Saviour’s skin The veil […]

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The problem of where to put announcements

Doing some link surfing recently I read a piece talking about ‘problems’ in worship, which suggested that church notices and announcements should be moved to the start or finish so that they didn’t block the ‘flow’ of worship. I’m sure we’ve all been in discussion about where the announcements should go, for this very reason. I kind of get the idea, but I want to […]

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International Worship – June 2013

We had a really successful International Worship service on Saturday night. Vimal took us a little further through 1 Peter chapter 1, focusing on the call to be holy as God is holy (verses 13-21, which were read in English, Korean and Tamil), explaining how holiness is ‘inherited’ and ‘intentional’. Have a listen here. Here are the songs we sang: Oh, and the Telecaster went well, […]

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A debut day (and almost night) in Strasbourg

“I sing for free, it’s the waiting around I get paid for.” I wish I could remember who said that. Almost certainly it was someone sufficiently well-known in the industry to get paid a whole lot more for waiting around than I do, but it speaks a fairly true sentiment. I made my French debut last night, in a concert with the Strasbourg Philharmonic, in […]

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