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.

Jonathan Pokluda sheds some on light on the seldom-practiced act of fasting:

Fasting is the act of giving up something—food, in almost all cases—for a set period of time, in order to draw closer to God.

At least, that’s the Christian perspective. Any time you choose to go without food, for any reason, could be defined as a “fast.” (Even sleeping; that’s why “breakfast” is when you “break the fast” of the previous night.) But it’s not fasting the way the Bible talks about it unless the purpose is to focus on or improve your relationship with God.

Craig Borlase shares some advice from C.S. Lewis on being a better writer (and by extension, a better songwriter):

Having written for academics, children, theologians and seemingly everyone else in between, it’s clear that CS Lewis knew a thing or two about choosing the right words.

Which makes us think that his 1956 letter back to a child who asked him for advice on becoming a better writer might still be of use to songwriters today.

Mikael Wood wrote about a recent pop concert that kind of turned into a church service:

Was it a pop concert? A movie premiere? A skateboarding demonstration? “An Evening With Justin Bieber” embodied aspects of all three. But what the vaguely billed event at Staples Center felt most like was a church service.

Jonathan Malm lists a few CCM classics that broke the CCM mold:

Let’s be honest: Most of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) back in the day was just songs that copied secular songs and added a Christian theme to it. I’m not saying there wasn’t artistry or validity in the music. But the Christian market mostly wanted Christian alternatives to the music they really wanted to listen to, so that’s what CCM produced.

Every now and then, though, a song would come along and blow my mind. There would be a song or an emerging band that had their own sound and actually changed the music scene for everyone. It wasn’t often, but here are a few songs that did just that in my opinion.

Our regular readers know how much we love seeing new music for the church being crowdfunded, so we’re excited to pass along this link to “A Beautiful Liturgy” by Rich Kirkpatrick and his daughter Emilie:

At age 13, my daughter Emilie Kirkpatrick began leading worship with me. In the past eight years, she has released two projects of her own songs and is a in skillful worship leading as well as songwriting. These eight year have formed a collaboration. Recently, we formed “a beautiful liturgy” as a music group to write and lead worship! We have already recorded one of the five songs for our 5-song project! But, we need your help and support as independent musicians.

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