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.

Eric Davis reminds us why the local church is so vital to the life of the believer:

It’s easy to be drained of joy these days. All you have to do is exist.

But for God’s people, there is joy that is to be regularly had. One of the preeminent places for that is in a biblical local church. None of us would dare say that any local church is thoroughly utopian. Even so, it is a place where joys are to be uniquely experienced.

Here are a few joys we get to experience by immersing ourselves in God’s kind of a local church…

Simon Hawkins lists seven reasons that worship songwriters should hang on to their day jobs:

Reality is, when it comes to writing worship, due to many things including the economics of the music business, there are few worship writers that don’t have some kind of paid work, whether it’s related (e.g. worship pastor, producer) or unrelated (e.g. bouncer, tattoo artist).

As a songwriter I’ve had seasons when I’ve been holding down a busy job and seasons when I’ve been a full-time writer. I can honestly say there are plusses and minuses of both. Moreover, I believe having a day job can actually make you a better worship writer.

Here’s 7 reasons for worship writers to have a day job…

Phil Schneider shares some lessons that the church can learn from AppleTV:

The Apple TV and I go back quite a ways. I’ve been a proud owner for about four years and have previously written about their use in a church environment. Today, however, we’ll be looking not at how to use the Apple TV but what we can learn from Apple’s attitude to the Apple TV and how we can apply that to what we do in the Church…

Eric Geiger lists some things you should NOT get your pastor for Pastor Appreciation Month:

Because I am no longer a “pastor” as my full-time job, I feel some freedom to speak a bit bluntly about some of the gifts our pastors, your pastors, may be in jeopardy of receiving this year. If you have given your pastor some of these gifts before, don’t feel bad. There is no condemnation here. Only grace. And your pastor really did know you cared, was honored you remembered him, and likely thought, “It is the thought that counts.” But I want to be helpful and encourage you NOT to get your pastor the following this year…

It’s really hard to pick a favorite here. Relevant Magazine published the “definitive ranking” of Christian album covers:

In the world of Christian music, where many artists used the cover to blend spiritual metaphors with airbrushed supernatural entities, inspired outfits and creative font selections, there is truly something that modern music fans are missing.

And though some have attempted to compile lists of great Christian album artwork, we’ve decided to rank them—definitively—to inspire a new generation of artists not to neglect such an essential part of the album creation process.

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