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.
As Creative Director at a large church, I like to tell stories that invite people from the corporate gathering of worship to a next step on the journey of faith. One way to do this is to encourage people to take action…
Stories of such action, an applied faith if you will, can be told through a Featured Story of the Week. When done well, a Featured Story embodies a worship theme’s concept and gives people a picture of what it looks like when faith is put into action.
But I’ve got to be honest: Christian art really bums me out. It’s not that there aren’t amazing musicians, writers, artists and filmmakers who are Christians—some of whom are even creating brilliant content that explicitly reflects their faith. It’s just that a lot of it seems to be trying too hard to be like whatever is popular in the mainstream but a bit more “Jesus-y”. This, incidentally, is why you see the signs in the music section of the Christian bookstore that say, “Looking for something like Foo Fighters? Try this!” (Whether said comparison is accurate is another story altogether.)
Compare the vocal ranges of today’s top artists with the greatest of all time. This chart shows the highest and lowest notes each artist hit in the recording studio. Hover over the bars to see the songs on which they reached those notes.
How does a young girl — some commentaries suggest maybe 14 years old — come out with such a deep, theological response to the angel’s announcement that she will birth the Messiah all of Israel has waited for?
Mary’s burst of praise contains over a dozen references to Old Testament (I prefer “First Testament”) scriptures, which she no doubt learned as part of the religious education all Jewish children received, right?
But the next question would be, Where did Luke get the text of her song?