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.
It was three years ago that things changed for me. I was contacted by a mainstream label who heard my worship songs from pervious albums on MySpace. They emailed and said they wanted to meet up and talk about a project. I thought it was a joke at first, what with MySpace being such an old thing. And why would someone from the secular world be interested in working with a Christian artist?
When I finally left the movement eight years later after a crisis of faith, realizing how much legalism and control had wrapped their fingers around my faith, I slowly began to taste again the freedom we have in Christ. It takes years to recover from the subtle damage that spiritual control has on faith. I’m still discovering how my view of God, myself and the Bible are tainted by legalism.
But here are a few things I learned from being in an unhealthy church…
Ever since the Psalmist urged worshippers of God to “praise Him with the sound of trumpet, praise Him with psaltery and harp”, the relationship between religion and music has been deeply ambivalent. Faith has inspired the most glorious compositions, but its practitioners are also wary of music’s ability to touch the deepest places in the human psyche.
In 1921, a popular American publication, the Ladies’ Home Journal, warned its readers about the dangers of one musical style, under the glorious headline: “Does Jazz Put the Sin in Syncopation?”
A wonderful pastor was encouraging a group of pastors by explaining that criticism could come from just about any direction. He is quite slender, and he actually had one of his parishioners come up to him and say, “I want you to know that you can’t be my pastor because you’re not fat enough to be my pastor.” I was not in the meeting when he said that, but when I saw him this summer he confirmed that it was true.
Here are a few more that I came across which are just about as ridiculous…
Speaking of what to wear in church… [Link]