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Years ago, I led worship for a new contemporary service. One of the goals of each service was to have a cohesive flow. There was an overarching theme wound through each service, and we incorporated it in fun ways. My job as the worship leader was to pick songs that fit with the theme. Some …
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Last week, my husband and I took the second of what we hope becomes an annual trip to a beautiful mountain cabin. It’s a glorious retreat, with a breath-taking view off the balcony that I spent as many minutes possible soaking up. paper writing service reviews The cabin even has it’s own library. When you …
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Worship propaganda

May 17th, 2012 | Posted by jamie in Other people's thoughts | Videos - (6 Comments)

I found this video and was really struck by it. Mainly because of the boldness of Brian McLaren, and also because I agree with everything in it. This goes along with what I shared on Monday, that music is dangerous and sweeps us away in happy emotions. In case you can’t watch the video, here …
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Another convicting article

February 9th, 2012 | Posted by jamie in Other people's thoughts - (Comments Off on Another convicting article)

Here’s another interesting article. And here are my pull-out points. – Worship is often no more than the opening act to the sermon and getting people “pumped up.” I talked about that in this blog. – I am ashamed to say how many times I’ve “not been into” the song I was leading. It scares me …
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Musical zombies

January 26th, 2012 | Posted by jamie in Other people's thoughts - (6 Comments)

I shared a couple songs from Gungor on a previous blog. I recently rediscovered this blog from Michael Gungor, the band’s lead singer. I read it several months ago and loved it, and loved it again upon re-reading it. It’s a long post, but well worth the read if you have the time. Here are the …
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Throughout this worship struggle, and really all of life, sometimes I find myself struggling with problems I just cannot voice. Things bugging me that I cannot quite pinpoint. I love when I find an article, video, or even song that puts my unvoiced thoughts into perfect words. cv writing service This blog was one of …
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Though not a South park fan, my husband is. He occasionally makes me watch an episode, and I confess, I have laughed. No harder have I laughed at an episode though than Christian Rock Hard. In it, the boys try to start a band, and Cartman decides to start a Christian band; because Christian music is …
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“Worship” music

November 10th, 2011 | Posted by jamie in Other people's thoughts | Thoughts - (12 Comments)

I know I’m not being original by saying that Mumford & Sons is an amazing band. They’re all the rage right now. Their unique rock/folk style is taking us by storm. Honestly, I love bands that can rock out with a banjo. I have heard of some churches using their songs in worship sets. This …
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Worship: the opening act

November 3rd, 2011 | Posted by jamie in Other people's thoughts - (9 Comments)

This article totally convicted me. Please click the link and read it. Three things that I pulled out: 1) It scares me that this is happening in churches. Has worship really become that scripted? Or that manipulative? Is it really that simple to tug on people’s heart strings? Sadly, I know the answer is yes. Worship …
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