Come Up Here: The Sound of Spiritual Awakening

By Darlene Zschech Hey friends, I’ve thought a lot about this term spiritual awakening… When we read Scripture we are reminded again and again to be awake and aware of the season we are living in and entrusted with, not to be lulled to sleep by comfort or fear (both can make you spiritually comatose)…....

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Back To Basics

Scribed by Andrea Hunter This column’s title is based on a small booklet written in 1981 in the wake of the Jesus Movement (not the one in the first century, but the one in the 20th century). And looking at it there are things that bear a return visit. I’ve spent my adult life studying…...

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Technically Speaking: Lessons from the Empty Room

As live streaming has taken on the primary role of communication and convergence in the local church, several iterations of progress have passed as milestones in our collective learning process. While typically churches started with just an iPhone and a single light, most have evolved through a series of production improvements focused on getting the…...

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Finding Beauty in Ugliness

By Reggie Kidd Without sugar-coating reality, the Bible carries about it an irrepressible hopefulness, a stubborn embrace of a sense that glory and goodness will finally prevail, no matter what. The ugliness of judgment is pregnant with the promise of redemption. Suffering does inspire the singer. Punishment prompts the poet. Nowhere is that more evident…...

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The Critical Call to Reform Worship and Sung Prayer

By Andrea Hunter “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18 Worship is our response to God’s initiating and ongoing revelation and conversation. As we commune with the Father, behold…...

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Foretasting the Future: Confronting Our Focus on the Here and Now

By Glenn Packiam Christians sing because we are people of hope. But what do we sing about when we sing about hope? In part of my doctoral research, I asked almost a thousand worship leaders to name a song that brought them hope in a time of despair and a song that brought their church…...

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Releasing The Poets

By William Dyrness Perhaps for many people the most memorable image of the last few months is Andrea Bocelli, standing alone on the steps of a deserted Milan Cathedral on April 19, singing some of his favorite songs, including the simple words of “Amazing Grace,” a performance that has been watched by millions on YouTube…....

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Cultivating Service vs. Celebrity, Calling vs. Promotion

By Meredith Andrews A few years ago I was leading worship at a conference in Southern California that was geared towards faith-based writers, bloggers, journalists and podcasters. It was one of the more difficult rooms I had been in at the time. It was a typical—less than engaging—hotel ballroom crowd, positioned around large round tables,…...

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Worship Reformation: The Sound of Spiritual Awakening In the Covid Crisis

When Martin Luther nailed the Ninety-five Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517, he made a declarative statement in an open letter to the world that the Church had drifted from what it was supposed to be doing, and demanded a serious revisit of its mission, priorities, and methodologies;…...

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