“Sissy’s cryin’,” our two-year old son told me the other morning as I walked into his room to wake him up. “Sissy’s cryin’!” I believed him, but was a little surprised since Mommy and I had heard nothing about it. It’s not uncommon for Sissy to have trouble sleeping if the branches outside happen […]Read more "When the Darkness Closes…"
This weekend was, as usual, a wonderful one – and full of mistakes! While I wish I was the kind of person who always did things the right way the first time, nothing could be further from the truth. Every time I turn around I’m messing something up, or having something blow up in […]Read more "Meaningful Mistakes"
“You’re a musician,” my supervisor at work said a few months ago. “I’ve been listening to a Rich Mullins’ song called Sometimes by Step, but the lyrics are a little strange. Can you tell me what it’s talking about?” Now this is my kind of assignment! I began to research the song, and the more […]Read more "“Sometimes by Step” – A Modern Day Psalm"
A few Sundays ago we had a baptism, and I found myself needing to fill in some empty space with music while the pastor prepared backstage. Without thinking, I flipped to one of my favorite hymns, Come Thou Fount, and led the congregation in singing it. As we drove to lunch after the service, my […]Read more "Monday Meditation – A Song for My Funeral…"
We had an awesome worship service yesterday morning – the kind where God just shows up and makes His presence known. Our youth recently came back from Summer Camp, so yesterday we had a Youth Service just for them. We baptized six students who gave their lives to Jesus at camp, and there were many […]Read more "Monday Meditation – “Jesus Is Better”"
This past Sunday we invited two guest musicians to lead our congregation in a time of acoustic worship as part of our 5th Sunday Sing. As a worship leader, having someone else come and take the lead for even just one service is such a rejuvenating experience… it allows me to really rest throughout the […]Read more "Resting in Worship"
Kari Jobe, a singer/songwriter from Waco, Texas, has shot to the top of the Contemporary Christian Music Charts…and for good reason. Since the release of her first album in 2009, she has received one Grammy Award and two Dove Awards, along with seeing this album reach No. 3 on Billboard’s Christian Music Chart and […]Read more "K: Kari Jobe – “Forever” Starts Now"
Jammin’ to children’s tunes isn’t typically one of my favorite past-times, but there are some children’s songs that contain such deep meaning and such rich truth, that we ought to grasp onto them for dear life while we’re young and hold onto them for the rest of our days. One of these songs is […]Read more "J: Jesus Loves Me – The Simple Truth that Changes Everything"
Giving is beginning to become a dirty word in churches, which is a truly unfortunate thing. I’ve been a little disappointed to find that in many modern churches, the offering is no longer given a place within the worship service. As an alternative, churches now expect their members to pay their tithes online or […]Read more "G: Giving Back – A Vital Element of Worship"
Stopping to rest is not something I’m particularly good at. I tend to live in “hyper-drive” most of the time, shifting from one task to the other without pausing to reflect – or breathe. Take today, for example. I had extra vacation time at work, and decided to take a few days off while my […]Read more "From Restless to Restful – The Difficult Art of Rest"