Top worship albums of 2014

Top worship albums of 2014

A lot of excellent new worship music came out this year, and here is my inexhaustive, subjective list, in no particular order of my favourite  (i.e. most listened to) worship albums. If you feel like buying them, please consider doing so via my Amazon store. Kings Kaleidoscope – Becoming Who We Are CityAlight – Yours Alone see my review Falls Church Anglican – We Will […]

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Worship music, attractionalism & church growth

Worship music, attractionalism & church growth

I came across two excellent articles this week which deal with the role of music in the church, and attractional models* of church, or more specifically, critiquing such models: Churches, stop trying to get butts in the seats and start telling your story   When we gather for worship, we’re not just expressing ourselves to God. It’s not about what we can do for God. […]

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Graham Kendrick on why we don’t sing

Graham Kendrick on why we don’t sing

One of my favourite songwriters, Graham Kendrick, nails it here:  

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What it looks like to serve for Jesus’ sake

What it looks like to serve for Jesus’ sake

Thank-you, Bob Kauflin: What does it look like when leaders seek to serve others for Jesus’ sake? We recognize that the goal isn’t to have musical experiences dwell in people richly, but the word of Christ (Col. 3:16). We’re more confident in God’s words than ours, both in our songs and our speech. We choose songs that help people understand, apply, and benefit from the […]

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Two Excerpts

Here are a couple of quotes for your Sunday reading: Those of us in ministry, whether it’s full-time, part-time, flex-time, or volunteer, are just stewards of God’s ministry. He uses us for a time, and then he moves us on and uses someone else. We don’t build dynasties – God builds His Church. – Jamie Brown   I’m starting to think that a lot of […]

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Migrant service

Before I jumped on the flight to Australia, I helped lead a special migrant & refugee focused service at the Karlsruhe FeG last Sunday. My friend Vimal spoke on what the bible has to say about about God’s heart for the vulnerable and how he expects his people to treat them; about how he is able to understand what migrants go through, as Jesus was […]

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#Worship album review: ‘Yours Alone’ by City Alight

#Worship album review: ‘Yours Alone’ by City Alight

Yours Alone by City Alight July 2014 Hot on the heels of their Hills District neighbour’s new album (yep, that’s the ‘Hill’ in Hillsong) is the debut album from City Alight, St Paul’s Castle Hill. And it’s really, really good. Musically, it sits squarely in the current contemporary worship “sound”, with some nice ambient post-rock pop and a helping of upbeat nu-grass; there’s clear influence from […]

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Review: No Other Name, Hillsong Worship

Review: No Other Name, Hillsong Worship

No other name / Hillsong Worship (June 2014) I readily confess that I often judge albums by their cover, or at least, a good cover will often make me want to listen, and the cover of the new Hillsong album is pretty intriguing: Time Square lit up with the title of the new album (and it’s not photoshopped!) I was keen to hear the new album, and […]

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New #TwentyFourteenProject song from June: You have done it all

I’m a week late it posting  my new #TwentyFourteenProject song from June… Last month was hard. It’s half-way through the project, and I really had to push through the fatigue and feeling of being out of ideas. This is what I ended up with:

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The heart of worship planning

The heart of worship planning

A few weeks ago Jamie Brown stirred up the evangelical worship leader blogsphere with this post. While there was quite a lot of pushback from some, there was also a lot of helpful dialogue about why we do what we do in our services. I think it was a good conversation to have, and Jamie raises some really important points. In the week following, another thoughtful worship […]

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Some crowdfunding albums to support

Crowdfunding has really opened up the doors for church songwriters. Grassroots and local songwriters have access to the means of getting their work ‘out there’, and I personally a big fan (fund others as you would have them fund you!), and have already blogged about projects which I’ve supported in the past. In this post I want to highlight a couple of projects which are currently […]

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The art of celebration – new album from Rend Collective

The art of celebration – new album from Rend Collective

There’s been a bunch of great releases over the last few weeks, and I’ve already blogged about some of them, and there’s more to come.. If you’re into worship music and you don’t know about the Rend Collective then you’re missing out. Their Northern Irish new-grass sound is really catchy (they predate Mumford & Sons btw), and are shaking up the CCM Worship Industry(tm). I loved their […]

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