Weekend Links

Worship leaders, pastors, and everyone serving this weekend: know that I’m praying for you! I pray that God will bless you and stretch you and use you to grow His kingdom and expand His family.

As usual, I found lots of great links this week that I wanted to share with you but that didn’t quite fit into a post. When you get a few minutes this weekend, check them out and be encouraged and challenged. Maybe even learn something. 🙂

Remember, these are just excerpts, but I strongly encourage you to click through and read each post in its entirety.

Kevin Riner reminds us that worship is more than a song:

Worship is far more than singing for a few minutes on Sunday mornings. Worship goes far beyond a tune and some words. It goes deeper than a melody. It spans longer than a radio hit. Worship is our response to God’s revelation of who He is and what He has done for us, is doing for us and will do for us. Reading though Paul and Peter’s letters gives tangible evidence that worship is about more than song.

An interview with Dustin Kensrue about his journey from a hardcore band to a worship team:

The transition to where I’m at came about from two things. I needed to stop touring for a while because it was taking too big of a toll on our family with three young daughters. And secondly, God began to give me a heart for worship music. I had never listened to it, because I was bothered by a lot of what I saw there. Poor theology and boring artistry. But my negativity was not helping anyone…

Peter Rollins, via Aaron Niequist:

“People go to a pub for one of two reasons. Either they go to get drunk and forget about their pain, or they go to have a drink and talk about their pain with someone else on the journey. They’re either trying to escape the Truth or dig deeper.

In a similar way, church can be a place to avoid Reality or honestly enter into the depth of it.”

Betsy Hall writes about her experience at Cowboy Church:

But once I found a pew in The Texas Troubadour Theatre, I felt welcomed and enjoyed worship with this unique church! NCC was celebrating their twenty-third anniversary so after worship everyone got to eat cake during the fellowship time. Here’s what I experienced at Cowboy Church…

Shelly Johnson writes about her transition from helping plan someone else’s tour to going out on tour herself:

Four years ago, I was working as an assistant for a producer in Nashville, buried in the chaotic logistical world of touring, staying up til the wee hours of the morning packing orchestra envelopes for Michael W. Smith’s symphony Christmas tour. Tonight, I’m actually one of the ones going on the tour. Hymns For The Christian Life Tour with Keith & Kristyn Getty. 6 weeks. 25 cities. To say I’m excited would be an understatement.

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