Little is reliably known about St. Valentine. Legend has it that he was a Christian priest during the reign of Roman Emperor Claudius who was martyred for his witness. Another tale says that he secretly married Christian couples to keep husbands from being conscripted into military service. Thus the “romantic” aspect of Valentine’s story…
In our culture, Valentine’s Day celebrates romantic love.
Christians often minimize romantic attraction as superficial and fleeting, but the proper meaning of “romance” refers Continue reading “Yet Another Valentine’s Day Blog…”
I have bought into the culture of discontent.
Allow me to explain… Continue reading “A Thanksgiving Confession”
Whether you consider yourself a choir director, a worship arts pastor, or a minister of music, you are responsible for leading your congregation in worship.
This is no little thing because we were made by God to know and worship him.
There are many questions worship leaders ask. For example,
- Does my pastor and those in authority above me think I’m doing a good job?
- Will the congregation like the music I’ve chosen and the way I’m leading it?
- What do my friends and colleagues think about our music program?
- Are we doing the newest, most popular and/or most beloved songs?
- How can I incorporate more of what I like into our service?
I would suggest that these are not ultimate questions.
What really matters is: “Does God respond ‘It is good’ to our worship?” Continue reading “The Most Important Question a Worship Leader Can Ask”
Have you ever wondered why we create and perform? After all, it takes a lot of time and energy. There is no guarantee of fame, much less fortune. And yet, so many of us devote so much of our lives to music.
Looking back over my life, I’ve experienced three interrelated motives: Continue reading “The Motives Behind Our Music”
The subject of stewardship is understandably a touchy one, especially since many people have been financially manipulated or victimized in the name of religion. I don’t want to open old wounds. Rather, I believe that a clear, biblical understanding of stewardship can lead to healing and wholeness for ourselves and those around us. Here are 9 principles of biblical giving along with verses from both the Old and New Testaments that can enlighten and empower our stewardship: Continue reading “9 Principles of Biblical Giving”