It’s not a pretty sight. We look at our churches’ offerings and we struggle to stay optimistic. We see other churches cutting back on expenses and even laying off staff. We wonder who will be next.
The Psalms are the Bible’s hymnbook. For thousands of years, people have sung David’s lyrics as praise back to God. One would be hard-pressed to find a greater collection of God-ordained, beautiful poetic songs. David is admired as one of the greatest songwriters ever.
But would he make it today?
How would his songs sing in churches in 2011? Continue reading
If you are an artist who happens to use his art in the church, then you may be introspective, unfocused, full of fears, a daydreamer, disorganized, susceptible to erratic mood swings, lacking in self-confidence, a people pleaser, a perfectionist, and a procrastinator – just to name a few. If that describes you and, to top it off, you are discouraged trying to be an artist in the church, make sure you pick up “Pursuing Christ. Creating Art” by Gary Molander.
This is not a book full of practical ideas. This is a book that will refresh you at your deepest level. It will help you embrace the person that God made you to be. It will encourage you to just create art because you have to – not as a tool to impress others or to feel good about yourself. You need to create art because that’s what God made you to do. That is a beautiful and life-giving place.
Think back to when you started leading worship. It scared you to death, didn’t it? You felt unprepared and unqualified. You were afraid that you would make a fool of yourself. But you were passionate about it. You felt like God had his hand on you, and for some reason He wanted you to lead worship.
So what did you do? Continue reading
John the Apostle always referred to himself as the disciple that Jesus loved. I always thought that was an odd statement – maybe even a little arrogant. After all, Jesus didn’t love him more than James or Peter or Philip did he? Continue reading
Here’s an idea you can use the next time you are frustrated by the lack of participation in your worship service. It’s not hard to do. It will just take a few minutes of extra planning, and it will help break up the very predictable 5 songs followed by the sermon followed by the offering followed by the “have a great week” dismissal. If the low involvement in your worship time concerns you, try this: Continue reading
So the Israelites have a problem. In 2 Kings 3, they are fighting the Moabites, they’re in the desert and all their water is gone. Things are looking mighty grim, and Jehoshaphat is looking hard for a man of God to solve this issue. Fortunately, Elisha the prophet is nearby.
God, through Elisha – with the help of a harpist no less – tells the Israelites that all they need to do is dig some ditches. In the morning, the ditches will be filled with water. Oh, and by the way, they will also defeat the Moabites. But the best part of the story is the little phrase Elisha uses. It’s not hard to miss. Continue reading