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The Calling

Many years ago I was coaxed by a pastor into being a worship leader at a small church near Nashville. I was miserable and it didn’t last long. Then, a few years later, I felt God nudging me into a worship leader job and I loved it. What an about-face!…

Indian Food & Church

I love Indian food. There’s an Indian restaurant here in town that has the best Indian food I’ve ever had, and I’ve had Indian on both sides of the planet.However, most Indian restaurants I’ve been to have a lunch buffet, and I love buffets of all shapes and sizes. This…

Postmodern Watch

In Dan Kimball’s excellent book “The Emerging Church” we learn that one aspect of the post modern mind is that it accepts contradiction. 1 + 1 does not always have to equal 2, and that’s okay.I read something the other day that reminded me of this. MTV’s popular live show…

Entertainment

Are you involved with the music of your church? Do you play an instrument, sing or lead worship?Are people regularly becoming believers through the efforts of your church? Or are established believers connecting to God through your efforts?Or are you entertaining a bunch of church people? Are you required to…

Preacher Dress-Up

Last week I heard about 2 different baby boomer pastors who dressed up in costume for their sermons. One dressed up in full football uniform and preached on Super Bowl Sunday. Another dressed up in combat fatigues and preached about spiritual warfare.If that happened at my church, I think the…

Google Community Church

Some companies have people begging to work for them. I’ve just read “The Google Story.” What an amazing company. Top programmers are leaving top tech companies like Microsoft because Google is such a fantastic place to work. They say it’s like working at a resort – the best chef [gourmet]…

What’s Up With Leadership?

Lately I’ve been hearing the worst stories about moronic elders/deacons completely screwing up churches. The underpaid, unappreciated staff who actually does the work of the church gets burned out under the nutty “leadership.” Meanwhile, the congregation is left scratching their heads, wondering why the staff has quit and people stop…

The Walmart Effect 2

Last week MondayMorningInsight.com continued the thought of my article. Join in the discussion and read my additional comments.

The WalMart Effect

A quick update… Back in June I wrote a blog called “The Next Big Thing” which described the new multi-site video church concept.As of right now [late October 2006], only 4 months later, Andy Stanley’s church network now has a partner church in Greenville that shows videos of his preaching.…

Time Capsule

I took a trip to the past last Sunday. Remember when Brooklyn Tab was all the rage? I think every choir in America had a copy of “He’s Been Faithful” in the early 90’s. Funny, when something was “it,” that something tends to stay “it,” thinking that it’s still “it.”…

Journey Church

>This week’s WorshipIdeas is by Chris Surratt, campus pastor of Seacoast Greenville. He and I both love to visit other churches when we can – here’s his account of Journey Church in Manhattan. Read his blog at: http://chrissur.blogspot.com/ My family and I recently took a week of vacation and headed…

Postmodern Stations

A few weeks ago I talked about how Seacoast Church is doing the new postmodern stations thing [read “Postmodern Path” below.] What’s so new about Communion and prayer? Here’s what: Seacoast’s version is optional and interactive. The modern service order is linear – announcements, music, offertory, sermon – insert whatever…

LifeChurch.tv

Want to visit a cutting edge church to recharge your creative batteries? How about Saddleback? Status quo. Mosaic? Overrated. Willow Creek? They had their heyday in the late 90’s. Surprisingly, I found the most innovative church I’ve *ever* visited not in a major metropolitan area like LA or Chicago, but…

Postmodern Path

A few weeks ago I talked about a new phase of my life – I’m now working with the music team of Seacoast Church here in Greenville. You can read more about it at this blog. At my first staff meeting, campus pastor Chris Surratt announced that the Seacoast campuses…

Preparation Makes Perfect

This week’s WorshipIdea original appeared in the 08.12.03 issue. Read the entire archive of past issues at the paid website WorshipMax.com: http://www.worshipmax.com As I’ve said before, it seems everyone and their brother is starting a contemporary worship service. Unfortunately, I’ve heard that many of these new services are failing. Often…
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