The ‘five big boxes’ to check when choosing songs

Here’s some great advice from Jamie Brown on how to select congregational worship songs for your church’s repertoire: Biblical faithfulness, theological correctness, gospel centeredness, musical richness, and congregational accessibility are the five big boxes you should be able to check. If a new song is really popular but doesn’t check all five of those boxes, then maybe you shouldn’t use it. There’s other good points there too, […]

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‘Over All’ now available on Spotify & iTunes

I recently came across Routenote, an online distributor – a way to get tracks onto Spotify etc. – without any upfront fees, so I tried it out with a track I thought I’d mixed pretty well, and which wanted to add to a playlist of songs we’re introducing at church over the next few months. Lo and behold, it turned up under a week a […]

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Vater Unser von DMMK

On the topic of new songs,  here’s a great new setting of the Lord’s Prayer, from G5MeineKirche (aka FeG Rebland), which we recently introduced: Vater Unser (LIVE) from Jonathan Roth on Vimeo. Here’s the chord chart

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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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Anchor – new #TwentyFourteenProject song from October

I’m a bit late posting this, but here’s the #TwentyFourteenProject song I wrote back in October:

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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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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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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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#TwentyFourteenProject song from August: Bear Your Name

#TwentyFourteenProject song from August: Bear Your Name

I was in Australia for most of August, but I managed to squeeze in some time on the piano for some songwriting, and I managed to come up with what I think is still really a first draft. I didn’t want to leave a gap in my youtube playlist, so here’s a really quick, one-take demo of the song where it’s at:

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#TwentyFourteenProject July: Overcome

#TwentyFourteenProject July: Overcome

Oops, I forgot to post about last month’s new #TwentyFourteenProject song before I flew out.. good thing I’d uploaded the recordings.   I struggled with July’s song. I didn’t get any solid ideas until late in the month, so I didn’t have so long to develop it. If I was to use this song in the future, I’d probably go back and rework the verse […]

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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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