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.
Paul Wilkinson shares some thoughts and predictions on the future of Christian music:
I realize that this opinion may not sit well with Chris Tomlin fans. I’m just sayin’ that if you have a choice between guitar lessons and piano lessons for the kids and you’re a forward-looking parent, I would go with the piano. As a keyboard player who never once got to play at a campfire, I realize the instrument has some limitations, but I think the next generation is looking for something completely different than G, C, Em, D7 or its many variations.
Dave Grim explains why, how, and when you should clean your guitar (I’m terrible about this):
Like any other piece of equipment or tool, if you want your guitar(s) to perform properly, then you must take proper care of it. Now some folks seem to have some strange fascination with never cleaning their guitar, and I personally think that is deranged. ?
Not only is it a great way to grow a guitar bacteria garden, it can and will eventually interfere with the proper functioning of the instrument itself. Quite literally I have seen guitars that were left uncleaned go so long that the hardware was frozen in place, corroded, and beyond saving. Meaning you cannot make the necessary periodic adjustments to bridges, saddles, necks, etc.
Matt Tullos describes four awkward prayers that you sometimes hear in church:
Public prayer is an awkward experience in most churches. It’s really a strange set of circumstances. Someone comes up to the microphone and is speaking to God and we are praying along. Hopefully. Sometimes, if you think about it, it would sound a little weird from God’s perspective. Prayer should be the ultimate spiritual communion between God and man, but like most things we have a tendency to make the sacred things seem rather human. So I submit to you these lower forms of public prayers along with their scientific classifications.
This is why I often “forget” my guitar in situations like this:
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA—A local group of college students was reportedly ambushed at their fire-pit Sunday evening, when one of their number, Matt Jenkins, a worship leader at Sunrise Community Church, remembered he just happened to bring his guitar, converting a pretty good bonfire into an impromptu worship session.
“It was so chill, but then we were all kind of trapped…”