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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New #TwentyFourteenProject song: All in all

New #TwentyFourteenProject song: All in all

Here’s a simple song I whipped up in September for my #TwentyFourteenProject based loosely around Colossians 3 (sadly I ran out of time to figure out a bridge for v18 😛 )

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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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The gospel and approval

The gospel and approval

You may have read this week about the death of Broadway legend Elaine Stritch (though you might know her better as Jack’s mother on 30 Rock). My Facebook feed has certainly seen a number of tributes, but one quote in particular caught my attention: “The terrifying thing in my life is that I am just an actress. And I have to keep pushing it and getting […]

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Dan Wilt on the spiritual discipline of hiddenness

Dan Wilt recently posted something which, frankly, I needed to read. Numbers only mean what God wants them to mean. For someone, their one Alzheimer patient they care for is worth the 1000 that someone else is called to care for. And so it goes. When we cross the line, love and faithfulness is the only measure we’ll see in God’s eyes if we can […]

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Writing songs from scripture

Writing songs from scripture

Ross Hutto has written a really helpful post on worship song writing which is worth checking out. Most, if not all of my worship songs come directly from scripture. There’s a plethora of ideas and in my opinion the best source for writing songs for worship. So, I try and read scripture. A lot of it. I don’t mean legalistically, but it’s a great idea […]

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#TwentyFourteenProject May: You have raised me up

#TwentyFourteenProject May: You have raised me up

It’s time for a new #TwentyFourteenProject song again… In May I wanted to try something a bit different, and get away from the usual four-on-the-floor I gravitate towards. The nice jazzy tone of my Gretsch helped pull out some old Ska influence. The result was a bit of fun, based on Ephesians 2… it’s far from perfect, and I see that I need to spend […]

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New EP from Zac Hicks: ‘His be the victor’s name’

A little while back one of my favourite bloggers, Zac Hicks, and a team from his church, brought out a great EP of congregational worship songs. Zac was kind enough to send me a copy. The EP has a couple of originals and a couple of hymn retunes. Serious points are won by the opening track which starts with a massive organ introduction using Bach’s […]

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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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A new #twentyfourteenproject song from February

One of my aims this year is to develop a better discipline of songwriting, and so I aim to write a new song each month on this year.  I’m calling it the #twentyfourteenproject. (Here is January’s song, in case you missed it) I think I’ll use it as a creative stimulus for working on recording, arranging and video editing skillz too, and hopefully I’ll be […]

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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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