Christians like to talk about church music and call it worship. Church music usually is a means by which Christians worship. But worship is much more than music. We even have our own “worship wars” in which we decide what “style” of worship is right, wrong, or most biblical. I still see the phrases “contemporary worship” and “traditional worship” plastered on church signs, as though worship can be defined by such descriptors.
I had the rare privilege of reading the lyrics to Not Holding Back when Neil was writing them, and then heard the song during it’s time in production. I can tell you that Neil agonized over this song, making sure its theology was well rooted in Scripture and that its message was needed by today’s church.
Writing and singing songs about Chick-fil-A has almost reached meme-level, but for a spicy chicken lover like myself, they never get old. I’ve featured other music videos about my favorite restaurant before, but here’s a cool new offering…
Yesterday, the Host Pastor of Praise, one of Saddleback’s Lake Forest venues, was unable to be at services and I happened to be standing in sight of our Program Director, so I was drafted into service to fill in for the day. Saddleback offers one message in many venues so that people who connect in worship through various styles can express themselves the way God wired them. And thus far, I think Praise is my own personal favorite place to sing on Sunday.
Huntington Beach represents authentic southern California beach culture. You’ve got bodybuilders working out on the sand, skateboards and bikes covering the boardwalk, and street performers driving nails up their noses for tip money. My family and I visited there yesterday with the Krumm’s, friends of ours here in Orange County. It was a fascinating taste of local culture for us and in the midst of that experience, I observed some of the markings of genuine community.
This morning was my first time to hang around the Sunday services at Saddleback. I took the opportunity to walk the campus and check out the various venues that take place. Saddleback has many service times and places to reach multiple crowds of people. The campus walk did my heart a world of good.
My last blog post was quite serious, from the heart. Lest anyone think I’ve lost my sense of humor, I just had to pass along this totally awesome video. The only thing spiritual I can say is, wow, God certainly gifts us all uniquely. Watch, and pass along…
I love being the Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church. This past Sunday marked three years that my family and I have been serving here and as I said from the pulpit last night, God has blessed us so far beyond what we deserve! We’ve come to love and know the people here and we’ve built a trust-relationship with them. They appreciate the Word of God and they show appreciation for their leadership. I am so humbled by them!
Sundays don’t feel like worship sometimes! I know that sounds crazy coming from a Pastor, who preaches to and leads an entire congregation in worship every week. But for me, the music portion of our service is usually a time when my attention is arrested by everything happening up front and the message I’m about to preach. Continue reading