Weekend Links

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.

How many of these youth group songs from Jessica Misener’s list do you remember?

Your youth pastor with a soul patch was totally jammin’ to these on his acoustic guitar.

Jonathan Malm lists five techniques that will make a worship song spectacular… or a spectacular failure:

It’s important to take risks when leading worship. Risks are the way you grow as a worship team and the way you discover new things. But sometimes these risks we take fail. Badly. In my time leading worship, I’ve identified five things that will almost always kill a worship song. Though, on rare occasion, it actually made the song massively epic. But normally. Normally, it’s a huge failure. Use these techniques at your own risk.

Jamie Harper on idols, worship, and graven images:

In Exodus 20:4, it says, “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.” Honestly, it sounds like we cannot create anything – and maybe we are limited in what we should create. Let’s think through it before we decide. When it says, “make for yourself an image,” sometimes it is translated “graven image” and sometimes “carved image” and sometimes “idol.” I did a little word study because I was curious about graven, and this may be a stretch, I don’t know, but it spoke to me.

Cynthia Boyd reminds us that music is a gift that we have a responsibility to use for God’s glory:

The picture of a musician bowing at the cross with his guitar is a reminder to us. God gives gifts and abilities, but our lives are never about these gifts. We can enjoy them, and we can use them for God’s glory; but what counts in our lives is ultimately that which cannot be seen. God looks upon our hearts.

Adam Dolhanyk on Mars Hill Music, musical theology, and where our songs come from:

I’m a pastor at a Bible teaching church that’s part of a Bible teaching movement of churches. If we proclaim “the whole counsel of the word of God” (Acts 20:27) then why should our songs do anything less? So whether it’s Mars Hill or the Southern Baptist Hymnal, I encourage all worship leaders to know where their songs come from and to be mindful of the theological “diet’ they feed their church each week in song.

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