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Best of the Blog 2010

Can’t believe today marks the end of 2010. While I should be relaxing, reading, sleeping, or hanging out with my wife, here I am blogging. I’m obsessed 🙂 Well, I wanted to leave you this year with YOUR FAVORITE POSTS from 2010. These were the posts with the highest traffic this year.

Enjoy. And Happy New Year!

 

11 QUESTIONS EVERY WORSHIP TEAM MEMBER SHOULD ASK

In a previous post I talked about questions worship leaders should be asking. Here are some questions if you’re part of a worship team: Am I listening to the other musicians or lost in my own world? Is my heart right with God? Do I hold my ideas loosely and submit to the worship leader?

Read the full post here.

7 DISCIPLINES OF A GOOD WORSHIP LEADER

Yesterday at the Ignite conference I taught a breakout session on 7 healthy disciplines of a good worship leader. I hope these are helpful to you. 1. Lead out of your story

  • Are you leading out of a ‘NOW’ faith or yesterday’s encounter?
  • What has God brought you through?
  • What is God currently doing in you?

Read the full post here.

DATING QUESTIONS

Last night at APEX we tackled the controversial issue of dating. Quite fun. I shared a number of principles that I offer for your viewing pleasure. Much of this is from the teaching of Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church. Enjoy: Christian Dating Principles for Both Men & Women

  • Maximize your singleness for God.
  • The most important thing about the person you are dating is their relationship with God. How are you helping that?
  • Don’t pursue a relationship until you are ready to marry
  • Be reasonable – don’t set your expectations too high or too low

Read the full post here.

5 WORSHIP ALBUMS YOU NEED TO HEAR… IF YOU WANT TO

LESSONS LEARNED FROM 4 GREAT SONGWRITERS

I’m of the belief that the best way for you to become better at what you do is to seize it. Don’t wait for a mentor to approach you, seek out your mentors. As a worship songwriter, I always observe other writing styles – what melody works, what doesn’t, what lyrics are unique, which aren’t, etc. In this post I just wanted to outline a few worship music songwriters that I admire and what I’ve learned from them. My desire is that you use the same curiosity with the music you like and apply what you learn from them. And also, study these guys. They’re the best.

Read the full post here.

THE BEST WORSHIP SONGS…EVER

I always wonder who comes up with this stuff. The best worship songs ever? Who decides? Is this God’s top 50? In all seriousness, what is your current favorite worship song?

Read the full post here.

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE – MIA FIELDS (HILLSONG)

*Mia Fields is a songwriter from Hillsong Church in Australia. Hillsong wasn’t just given great songwriters… they are people living in community, challenging one another. Songs come out of righteous living, but also out of grace. Why songs?

Read the full post here

HOW TO PLAN A GREAT WORSHIP SET

A great worship set does not just consist in the type of songs you choose, though that is crucial. A great worship set must also have space for the Holy Spirit to do what He wants to do. I understand that some reading this post may come from an evangelical tradition that is more liturgical in form and not so contemporary. I hope we can all benefit from these tips:

Read the full post here.

THOUGHTS FROM A TOURING BASS PLAYER ON PRACTICING WELL

I don’t know about you, but I started out with a pretty glamorous view of music. The stage, the lights, the ripping guitar solos; that’s what I saw. What I didn’t often hear was the amount of work it took to get to that point. I was always attracted to the finished product but never wanted to think about the time spent alone home practicing. Well, now we recognize that if we want to be great, it’s going to take some practice. Here are a few points that have helped me greatly in my journey to be deliberate about my practice time. Hopefully they’ll help you in yours.

Read the full post here.

COMMON WORSHIP LEADING BLUNDERS

Besides the ever so subtle shouting of “crap” instead of “clap” from the stage (who has ever done this?) :)there are some common things that worship leaders do that I’d advise against (and I think your senior pastor would appreciate it too).

Read the full post here.

 

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December 31, 2010 - Posted by | Weekly Wrap-up

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