For this year’s Holy Week, I experimented with sharing a daily morning video devotional on Facebook Live. This was my first time doing such a thing and it was both a little nerve wracking and fun. Ultimately I was really blessed to see so many people show up, more than once! 🙂
The video above is the final installment: Saturday Holy Week Devotional:The Waiting is The Hardest Part.
I’m going to do one final “broadcast” on the Monday after Resurrection Sunday. This will be about the Eastertide season and Resurrection Power. I have some new thoughts to share.
Here’s a brief recap of the Holy Week Devotional series and links to the accompanying videos.These were quite loose, as I was both learning the technology and organizing my thoughts. But there’s some interesting ideas here, imo. You’ll have to watch the videos to catch it all. Bless ya!
During Holy Week I’m sharing a short video devotional every morning at 6:59am CST on Facebook Live, April 10-15. Join us in real time or watch the replay on my Facebook profile. #HolyWeekExperience
Years ago I discovered the riches available when we practice “worship as a lifestyle” by allowing the Christian calendar to shape our spirituality. During Holy Week you can embark on a personal worship experience of “spiritual immersion”.
This article explains why and how. Be forewarned though, the way I do it is a little extreme, and probably not for everybody.
Recently I’ve attended several churches as an incognito visitor and I’ve noticed a trend – a lot of people don’t seem to be singing in worship these days! There definitely seems to be a decline in congregational singing from say, 10-15 years ago.
Now this is an admittedly subjective observation – I am probably biased as a musician/singer/worship leader. And this post is not intended to be a judgmental critique nor an angry rant. I’d recommend any of these churches. They were friendly, offered great hospitality, excellent music and solid, inspired teaching.
However, the idea that “Churches don’t sing anymore” has been a hot topic of discussion among worship thought leaders for a while. From my non-scientific sample of churches, I’d say it’s an accurate trend. A Google search of “why churches don’t sing” will find many articles from a wide range of perspectives. I especially appreciated an excellent in depth series from Kent Sanders entitled: Whatever Happened to Singing in Church?
I have a very different take from what I’ve been reading and in this post I’ll offer my own thoughts on Why Your Church Does Not Sing. I’ll also offer some practical solutions both long term and short term. In fact you can experience some level of breakthrough in congregational singing almost immediately if you follow some of the suggestions in this article.
But first a qualifier – I have no interest in firing another salvo in the never ending worship wars. I see worship as a worldview and a lifestyle. Music is just one aspect of the congregational worship experience, but it is strategic and important.
I appreciate and see value in almost every style of music and church culture out there. This post is not about the very tired arguments concerning preferences over musical styles, hymns vs modern worship, consumeristic mentality, or the evils of modern production techniques.
Once upon a time, wrestling with God about the pain and confusion going on in my world and those around me, I wrote this song called “No Easy Answers”. Recently there’s been a renewed interest in the song and I’ve been in a lot conversations with folks about these thoughts. I’d like to share some reflections.
When God makes no sense.
Perhaps the greatest challenge for believers in God, followers of Jesus and lovers of His ways, is – how do we honestly reconcile the painful realities of life that lead so easily to disappointment, distance and even anger towards God?
Sometimes there’s a silver lining and a redemptive purpose in suffering, like the story of Joseph. “What was meant for evil, God used for good.” (Genesis 50:20)
Sometimes self sacrifice results in a greater good, like those who serve in the military or first responders.
Sometimes people just do evil wicked acts that steal, kill and destroy – like serial killers and terrorists.