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July 6, 2019

In the current era, many churches around the country are eliminating choirs and orchestras, and moving to worship services led by a traditional rock band (guitars, bass, drums and keyboards) and maybe a few singers. This is done in most cases to make worship more cultu...

December 11, 2018

I was recently invited to speak at the Havana Baptist Seminary on the subject of my book, The Biblical Foundations of Instrumental Music in Worship: Four Pillars. My class consisted of graduates of the seminary, returning to campus for a one-week graduate intensive. I...

February 22, 2016

All worship has CONTENT, STRUCTURE, and STYLE:

 

CONTENT – this should not and cannot change. “For worship to be biblical and Christian, the story of God’s redemption and salvation must be its content. Otherwise it ceases to be Christian worship.” (Robert E. Webber)

 

STRU...

June 25, 2015

Are you totally comfortable conducting your choir, but a little intimidated conducting instrumentalists? Here are some practicle tips on how to better relate to instrumentalists in your rehearsals:

 

Vocalists and instrumentalists are different, but have many things in c...

August 6, 2014

When you are a Christian instrumentalist, there is nothing more fulfilling than taking your instrument onto the mission field. Combining two great callings on your life, playing your instrument for God's glory, and taking the gospel to the nations, can be an extremely...

May 15, 2014

After the reign of King David, periods of moral and spiritual revival in Israel’s history often included a return to the worship practices of David and the use of musical instruments in worship.  As Daniel Caram points out in his book, Tabernacle of David, “The revival...

March 12, 2014

The Temple during the time of Jesus was destroyed in 70 A.D., but in Jerusalem today, you can see a 1:50 scale model of the Temple, including what Jerusalem would have looked like in the first century. 

 

The Temple was the center for worship in ancient Israel, and...

March 11, 2014

Since the Temple in Jerusalem was where instrumental music in worship was firmly established, anything concerning the Temple is of particular interest to me. Here is a bit of trivia about the Temple Mount that I discovered during my two visits to Jerusalem.

 

This e...

March 7, 2014

A very important concept to remember when studying scripture is to "read scripture in light of scripture." Another words, make sure you don't take any individual scripture verse out of context, but allow other scripture verses to illuminate it.

 

In the ongoing debate on...

March 6, 2014

Early in my ministry, I tried to form a youth orchestra that met year-round, or at least during the school year. But, between marching band season, and all the other demands on the students throughout the year, that plan was doomed to failure. The church I'm at now use...

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