Do It Like David

Guitarist ImageHave you ever been watching the worship team at church during a particularly moving section of a praise song and seen the guitarist just get carried away in the moment? Or maybe the song is moving fast and the drummer is just pounding out a beat like he’s in the Whac-a-mole championships? I’ve heard many people talk negatively about this kind of showboating at church.

I tend to disagree however. [Read more…]

ADD Worship

Worship Experience

Photo by William Hartz

This morning I read a devotional on the topic of worship. It got me thinking about how our modern society views worship versus what worship really is at its core.

You see so many churches spend time, money, and energy creating the “perfect worship experience”. [Read more…]

Worship Rebooted

Silver from the Flames at Tha Rawk

Silver from the Flames playing at Tha Rawk at Town and Country Christian Church
photo by:Matthew Walker

I receive a magazine called “Technologies for Worship”. I started receiving it because I used to volunteer as a sound tech at a church we previously attended. It has some great articles on the basics of using audio and video technologies in church.

Increasingly though, I have become disillusioned with the content. It has less to do with changes in the magazine than it does with changes in me.

The Spirit has been working on me about priorities in life. What is truly important, and what is just fluff? [Read more…]

Soothing the Savage Beast

Music

Photo courtesy *MarS

I love music. I always have. I’m not musically talented really. I just enjoy listening to it. I did play trombone in high school and have dabbled in guitar and piano, but that’s about it.

I like just about any genre of music. The one thing it has to have though is meaning. I don’t really like frivolous, feel good songs. What I love is when an artist pours their passion into the music and/or lyrics and it comes through. Because of that, one of my favorite types of music is hard rock. To me, the passion of the instrument really comes through. I find it interesting that groups such as Metallica have also played along with a full orchestra. To me, that really exemplifies what I mean about the passion of the music. Let’s see one of those boy bands try that with their meaningless drivel.

That’s just one example though of what I like. I also listen to country, classical, New Wave, Hip Hop (Rap), and you name it. Like I said, to me it’s about the passion of the artist, not about the style of the music.

I’m particularly fond of the harder Christian groups. I like older stuff like Petra and Whiteheart, but also newer groups like Seventh Day Slumber and Kutless. To me, Christian Rock is the pinacle of music. It combines the passion of the music with the passion of the words, which are also The Word. It doesn’t get much better than that. When I’m in a funk, it’s that type of music that speaks to me the most.

I’ve been thinking about blogging about some of my favorites. I’m not going to focus so much on an analysis of the group or the music though. The focus will be on how the song speaks to me. I’ll probably include links to the song ¬†and the lyrics. Sort of a devotional in some respects.

What do you think? Sound interesting?