The structure of a worship song list

I’ve been listening to The Journey Collective’s new album Songs from the book of Ephesians over the last couple of weeks. I won’t go into a full review, but suffice it to say, I really enjoyed the eclectic nature of the songs. ‘Now in Christ’ might find its way into our International Worship repertoire in the future: Zac Hicks has written a broader review, worth reading. […]

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‘We will proclaim’ from Falls Church Anglican

One of the things which stops me quitting Facebook (as I have the frequent urge to do) is the Liturgy Fellowship group. I won’t wax lyrical about the group, but suffice it to say that I’ve come across a whole bunch of great resources from the other members, including, some great music, such as the new album from Jamie Brown’s church*, Falls Anglican Church. One […]

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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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Please stop telling #worship songwriters to be more creative.

Please stop telling #worship songwriters to be more creative.

I have a bit of a request: can we please stop telling people who write songs for the church to be more creative? No, I don’t mean we encourage mediocrity, or stop encouraging creativity. I mean, to stop saying discouraging things like, “modern worship music is so bland” or however it might be phrased. You know the kind of comment I’m referring to. I recently […]

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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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Kunstlicht 2013

What a night it was on Saturday past! I’m so proud of everyone who took part in this arts project. It went even better than I had hoped, and I can tell that this will be the start of something special in the creativity of our congregation. I’ll post some videos and audio when they’ve all been edited, but for now, here’s some photos (thanks […]

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New song: Jahreszeiten der Seele

One of the reasons I haven’t been blogging the last month is that I’m organising a a concert + art exhibition at our church in two weeks time, the culmination of the Jahreszeiten der Seele creative project. I’m really looking forward to the event, as we’ve a really creative bunch of people here! In fact, I’ve been so sidelined by this, my work (and frankly, […]

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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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A creative project in our church // Ein kreatives Projekt in unser Gemeinde

It’s dangerous to suggest an idea in our church, because chances are someone will reply with “Super! Mach das!”. Several months back, on a music weekend in the Black Forest I suggested to our music area leader that, as we’ve got so much talent in our church, we should do something to encourage people to create new works and to work together. In short, that’s […]

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International Worship – Sunday Edition!

Last Sunday FeG Karlsruhe held its first ever International Sunday morning service. We (the International Worship team) joined forces with the Chinese congregation who meets in our building, and with Encuentro, the long-time Spanish community in our church. It was a great morning, even with the exhaustion of having to lead two services back-to-back. We heard some powerful testimonies, sang heartily about the risen Christ […]

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