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Creating Worship Songs for a Welcoming Community
Isaac Wardell’s latest collaborative project, The Porter’s Gate, marks a change from Bifrost Arts.
Creating Worship Songs for a Welcoming Community. Isaac background. I've led worship on Sunday mornings for 25 years, starting with my youth group at age 13.
Fairness for FEMA Funds: FEMA Changes Its Disaster Rules for Churches
Churches are now eligible for disaster aid.
Churches and other religious institutions, by virtue of their engagement in “religious activities such as worship, proselytizing, religious instruction, or fundraising activities,” were not.
Building Bridges of Witness in Turkey
To be Turkish is to be Muslim.
The reason having a church structure is critical to gospel witness among Muslims is that it matters for Christians to be seen to have their own place of worship.
FEMA: Churches Flooded by Harvey Can Receive Aid
Agency revises guidelines due to last year's biggest Supreme Court religious freedom case.
“Private nonprofit houses of worship will not be singled out for disfavored treatment within the community centers subcategory of [public assistance] nonprofit applicants,” wrote Alex
The Rise of Reformed CharismaticsSubscriber Access Only
A 21st-century global movement sets the Word on fire with gospel preaching and powerful spiritual gifts.
The rollicking worship pulsed for nearly an hour in the humid Sanctuary: energetic singing, hundreds of hands raised, prophetic words referencing the Spirit's flames, and sparks of
Buildings That Bear Witness to GodSubscriber Access Only
How theology sheds new light on the purposes of architecture.
Image: Joshua / Lightstock. It's easy to go about our lives without appreciating the finer details of buildings where we live, work, and worship. The structures
One-on-One with Tracy McKenzie on the Truth about Thanksgiving and What It Means for Us Today
The Pilgrims did not think of their autumn 1621 celebration as a Thanksgiving Day as much as a kind of harvest festival.
God's extraordinary blessing. They thought of both of these irregular holidays as solemn occasions marked by extensive prayer and worship. Because of
Not-So-White Evangelicalism: How Conservative Denominations Actually Fare Better on Diversity
Study examines multiethnic friendships and worship among American churchgoers.
Not-So-White Evangelicalism: How Conservative Denominations Actually Fare Better on Diversity. Study examines multiethnic friendships and worship among American churchgoers.
Inclusive Leadership: What We Need to Be Effective Leaders in Today’s Diverse World
Are you close friends with someone who is significantly different?
ethnic. We tried to include a variety of people in leadership and our worship team did a good job of mixing up the types of music on Sunday morning.
Playlist: The Best New Christmas Music
Be of good cheer: We are in a moment of theologically rich, artistically wonderful recordings.
Songs for Advent. In my circles as a worship leader, there has been a growing eagerness to explore Advent and to explore it as more than just a contemplative season before Christmas.
Another Shooting, This Time in a Church. How Should We Respond?
We don't have answers; Christ offers hope and grace and peace.
A gunman opened fire during a worship service, killing at least 20. I need to worship a God who doesn't turn a blind eye to the calamities in my family and city.
The African Diaspora (Part 1): A Brief History and Lessons
Immigrant lessons from Joseph, Daniel, Esther, and Nehemiah
1:3-20). When Daniel's three friends refused to worship a gold statue the king had set up, Nebuchadnezzar “flew into a rage” and threw them into a blazing furnace.
Texas Shooting Kills 26 at Southern Baptist Church
Tragedy at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs is deadliest attack on a house of worship in US history.
Tragedy at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs is deadliest attack on a house of worship in US history. Texas Shooting Kills 26 at Southern Baptist Church. 1 of 2. Gleanings.
Leadership Priorities: Five Thoughts on How We Can Lead Better
Leadership, at its most basic level, involves the leading of people.
Make the bulletins. Check. Visit the hospitals and sick. Check. Preach the message. Check. Lead worship. Check. (I am still apologizing to Jack Hayford for my rendition of Majesty.).
The Need for Culturally Agile Leaders in Church Planting
The mission of God knows no cultural boundaries
Much of what we think about in multi-ethnic church planting is defined not so much by the cultural competency of its leaders, but by the racial composition of a worship service or quota
Patriotism and the Church: Is It Too Much to Ask Churches to Be Careful?
Anything that replaces the worship of God is idolatry.
Anything that replaces the worship of God is idolatry. Now, when I point out the dangers of mixing patriotism and worship, some people are just deeply offended.
The Fallacy of Spiritual Gifts
God uses weak people.
New churches emerged offering worship designed to engage the emotions of a believer. Worship wars soon erupted. Preaching became more personal, less formulaic.
What’s Under the Microscope Can Lead to Worship
Finding beauty in the mundane: from our morning coffee to a nematode worm.
What's Under the Microscope Can Lead to Worship. Finding settings? In this sense, our place of work can be a crucible where a Christian's worship of God is refined.
Advent: The Birth of Christ Is Too Big for One Day
Why our family is celebrating Advent this year.
We want our pace of life to reflect our heart for the Advent season and our desire for the God we worship to not get crowded out of the holiday festivities.
20 Truths from "Sing!"
When we sing we witness to the people in our church who are yet to believe
new book, Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church (2017). Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church. We are a
In Defense of Pro-Life ‘Hypocrisy’
In Defense of Pro-Life ‘Hypocrisy’
Analogies between abortion and other “life issues” are shakier than we sometimes suppose.
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