I work at a modern music and ministry college – Visible Music College. We’re focused on training musicians, producers and managers in their musical field and faithful character to effectively impact the church and music industry. Because of this setting, I’m constantly thinking about worship, especially through the avenue of music within the collective church setting (yes, I’m happy that worship is bigger than music). Continue reading
Recently I began reading the newest release of Christopher Smith, Reading for the Common Good: How Books Help our Neighborhoods and Churches Flourish. Thanks to IVP for a review copy! Smith is also the co-author of Slow Church.
The book, and its somewhat unique thesis, flows from the practice of Smith’s own church in Indianapolis. What’s the main premise? Continue reading
Americans have a liturgy.
Matter of fact, today is a major marker in the liturgical calendar of the American story. We call it the Super Bowl. In fact, this is the 50th annual premier football event, holding a most dear place within the American liturgical calendar.
But what is liturgy?
There’s an epidemic in this country, one rampant in the west. It’s the overwhelming commitment to, even worship of, our personal individuality. Continue reading
I came across an article today at Relevant Magazine about the 5 misconceptions we have about community. It’s brief and written with a young adult audience in mind. But, suffice it to say, it has some points that I think many folk, especially younger folk, aren’t willing to think through about actual community.
As the article mentions, “community” is such a buzzword. Still, I’m not always certain we know what it means. At best, we think community is primarily about finding a place that makes me feel comfortable and fits my individual needs, rather than seeking a place that is primarily about transformation and me submitting my individual needs (including gifts & dreams) to the larger collective. This, I believe, should be part of the greater focus of a solid collective community.
That being said, check out the 5 misconceptions at the article. Below are some great summary words: Continue reading