Archive for the ‘Leading Worship’ Category

I’m partnering with my friends over at Cardiphonia to put together an informal list of the “50 Songs Everyone Should Know.”  With this poll we’re aiming to discover which songs are the most important to your particular congregation, and from the aggregate results, to produce a helpful, though informal, list of 50 songs “everyone should know.” […]


Here’s my take on how to make O Worship the King work for corporate worship when leading with a guitar.  I play the song and then talk about how I’m doing it and why.  Chord chart here. I think it’s a beautiful song, with Robert Grant’s great imagery from Psalm 104 and a beautiful, singable […]


In the spirit of making old hymns available to the current world of guitar-wielding worship leaders, I recorded a video of Charles Wesley’s great old hymn And Can It Be That I Should Gain.  I personally think this is one of the best hymns ever written, and though the melody is challenging, I have found […]


Imagine a skeptic visits your church.  She is not sure what she thinks about God, Christianity, or organized religion in general, but she came because her friend  invited her.  She walks in late and the first thing she encounters is the music at your church.  As she absorbs the scene–the musicians up front leading, the […]


In my last post, I argued that making music is a great experience that God intends for everyone, not just musicians.  And it’s the musicians’ job at church to lead music in such a way that it invites people into the experience of music making.  To underscore this point, I want borrow a sentiment from […]


If you’ve read any of my recent posts, you know I’m making a perhaps overly exhaustive argument for the importance of corporate singing.  I believe with all my heart that God intended human beings to sing and make music together, and I have been outlining all the reasons why I think so. Today, I want […]


The purpose of music in corporate worship is to facilitate corporate singing.