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.

Derek Olson runs down ten essential worship albums for the summer of 2015:

Keep 2015 going strong with these new inspirational worship albums & songs!

Robby McAlpine explains how we sometimes becomes worship snobs:

Who knew that a desire to go deeper with God would inspire “wars”? Or that churches would feel compelled to create genre-specific musical ghettoes in order to cope?

Of course, no one ever stops to consider (much less admit) that we all have this tendency to make everything about us, and our own likes/dislikes.

Somewhere along this journey, there is the pitfall of becoming a worship snob.

John Blake writes about the dangers when cheerful giving becomes compulsory giving:

“You all going to think I’m crazy, but God says give again,” the pastor said.

The congregation rose from their seats to march to the front as the church organist played a soothing melody. As they dropped off their offerings at the altar, the pastor urged them on with, “God says give everything; don’t hold nothing back.”

The organist then picked up the tempo, and the pastor shouted, “God says run!”

Jason Houtsma lists five musicians you should try not to be:

Musicians are an interesting bunch and in my 18 years of playing music there are a few stereotypes that always seem to pop up. While you may not be able to change someone else’s attitude, you can avoid adopting it as your own. Here are 5 musicians you don’t want to be and one that you absolutely do.

Here are some great musician jokes (these never get old to me), compiled by Erik Matlock:

One habit that was developed on the road gigs, was the routine bashing of musicians when we ended up in the same venue, with the same crew every year. Never In an angry or malicious way. We just went into a rapid fire volley of musician jokes, to see who ran out first. The crews usually won, apparently they practiced all year for that. The battle seemed to go longer every time we got there.

Wanted to run some of my favorite musician jokes. Keep in mind, before I get bombarded with emails, most of my best friends are sound guys and musicians. The rest are drummers.

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