Kings Kaleidoscope: Live in Color – for free!

This is going to be one of the best worship albums to come out this year (I’m a sucker for those orchestral textures), and they’re giving it away for free!   Check out the live videos too:  

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Free to be wrong

Zac Hicks wrote this about Worship Leader burnout, but I find it helpful for my day job (or should that be night job?) as a performer as well: The Gospel declares that, when we hear criticism, whether it is true or not, we’re free to receive it because all the approval we need has been met in how God the Father sees us through the […]

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The inspiration for song ministry

Ron Man has a really helpful article over at TGC Worship:  7 Characteristics of the Ministry of Song which I recommend to you.   Ron takes a look at Ephesisans 5:18-20 and pulls out 7 foundational principles for congregational sung worship, but his observation about the first point, that our singing is to be “spirit-filled” caught my eye: With all the debates about the filling […]

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Good stuff from Bob Kauflin

This interview with Bob Kauflin might be short, but it’s a suckerpunch alright! Nothing is more important to communicate to people than the gospel of Jesus Christ. No song, arrangement, vocalist, riff, or technology will be more impressive than the Savior. People are starved for the glory of Christ, not the glory of our presentation. Another thing I’d impress on myself is the importance of […]

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The “top” new worship songs from 2013

Happy New  Year! Worship Leader Magazine recently came out with a list of the top 20 Worship songs of 2013, which you can look at  and listen to here. It’s a list featuring most of the usual suspects – Hillsong, Worship Central, Elevation, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman – which is to be expected. Of course, ‘top’ in this context means the editors’ favourites, but I […]

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Intro to the Bible (Study #5) – The promised land and God’s good purpose

The land of Palestine: Location Much of the bible is set in the land of Palestine – strip of land approx. 50 – 70km wide between the Arabian Desert and the Mediterranean Sea. It was a significant piece of land in the ancient world because of it’s location between the great civilisations to the north (in the region of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers) The […]

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The fuel for response in worship

Zac Hicks nails it:  …singing about my feelings for God doesn’t actually have the power to engender feelings for God, even if it’s backed by the most mesmerizing key pad, the most worshipful electric guitar reverb swell, or the most fervent BGVs. If we look inward, we’ll never find the kind of power we need to look upward.  Singing, “I’m not ashamed of You” over and over again has […]

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Intro to the Bible (Study #4) – Israel & God’s purposes

Continuing from last time. Israel & God’s purposes – (Genesis to Deuteronomy) God’s promise to Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3) Blessing: God’s purpose is calling Abraham / creating Israel is to be a blessing which will reach all people on earth. Blessing is the opposite of curse, thus: “… the call of Abraham is to be God’s way of reversing the curse under which mankind has fallen.” […]

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IW August 2013

 I’m a bit late getting the round-up from our August International Worship posted (I’ve really been in holiday  mode until now). It was another great evening, with our pastor, Sebastian Brenner, preaching from Mark 5:24-34. Have a listen here (in German with English translation):     We also heard about the recent opportunity to minister to some refugees from one of the most closed countries […]

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Book Review: Insourcing by Randy Pope

Insourcing: bringing discipleship back to the local church By Randy Pope I found this book so helpful that I bought a copy and gave it to my friend to read. Most churches have small / cell / home group bible studies, but “Are we excelling in making mature and equipped followers of Christ?” This is the question behind Randy Pope’s book on discipleship. Pope begins by […]

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The King is here – testing out a new song

Our small group is currently looking at some of the encounters people had with Jesus as recorded by John in his gospel, and while we’re not yet up to his triumphal entry, I thought that it was still a good time to road-test a song I’ve been working on: Verse 1: Blind men see, and slaves are free The serpent’s head is crushed beneath his feet. […]

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Vote for me + Free download

I’ve entered my song ‘Promises were made (you are faithful)’ into weareworship.com ‘s competition.. I’m not really a fan of the whole shortlist-via-facebook-likes approach, but it’s what it is, so if you like the song, I’d appreciate you taking 2 minutes to click through this link and ‘like’ my song. I’ve also put it up on Noisetrade, for free download, with chord chart and lead […]

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