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A New Season

  • Posted on: 21 August 2018
  • By: doug

As I write these words in late August, kids and teens are back in school, football teams and marching bands have been practicing for weeks, college students have finally begun attending classes, and the weather these past couple of days has been unseasonably cool--a reminder that a new season of the year is underway. I LOVE the fall--not just the change in the weather, which is always welcome after the heat and humidity of summer, but also the beginning of the school year, and sports seasons, and a new year of ministry.

Billy Graham on worship preferences

  • Posted on: 13 March 2018
  • By: doug

Today I saw a post on Twitter from Jeremy Cowart (@jeremycowart) that included a photograph of a newspaper column by the late Rev. Billy Graham, who was responding to a letter from a lady who was complaining about the use of new songs by the music director in her church. She preferred the "old hymns" and didn't care for the new material, and was asking Rev. Graham if he thought she should complain to her pastor about it. Graham's response was gracious and empathetic, but he encouraged her to take a different approach:

National Worship Leader Conference 2017

  • Posted on: 27 June 2017
  • By: doug

Last week I attended the National Worship Leader Conference in Lenexa, KS, produced by Worship Leader Magazine, and hosted at Westside Family Church. I've been in a lot of different worship environments over the course of my life, including many different churches, many conferences, and even in churches in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. I worshiped with tens of thousands of men at a Promise Keepers conference in Boulder, Colorado, and I've played in the worship band for a women's conference.

World Refugee Day 2017

  • Posted on: 19 June 2017
  • By: doug

In the 60 seconds or so that it took me to grab a mug from the cupboard, pour in a little cream, fill the mug with coffee, and then sit down with my computer in my lap, another 20 people somewhere in the world were forced to flee their homes, to escape war, terror, or persecution. This statistic, which comes from the UNHCR (the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN refugee agency), is staggering--to frame it in another way, every day more than 28,000 human beings are forced to leave everything behind and flee for their lives though no fault of their own.

God Have Mercy

  • Posted on: 13 June 2016
  • By: doug

It wasn't until after I had preached my sermon for the second time yesterday (June 12) that I heard about the horrible, brutal murders of 50 people (and injuries of that number and more) at a gay bar in Orlando, Florida in the early hours of that morning. As we know now, the shooter was a Muslim--there are reports that he called 911 prior to the massacre, stating his allegiance to the leadership of ISIS; ISIS representatives have since called him "a soldier of the caliphate in America," thereby praising his actions.

New Songs

  • Posted on: 18 February 2016
  • By: doug

In the Psalms alone there are at least half a dozen references to "a new song"--"Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts (Ps. 33:3)"; "He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God (Ps. 40:3)" (see also Ps. 96, 98, 144, and 149). Without getting into an exposition of the topic from Scripture, it seems clear that the things that God does in and through his people regularly inspire them to create new ways, new words, new melodies, and new sounds with which to praise him.

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