Old School Worship

Old School Worship

It is quite dramatic to see how our society has changed in the last few decades.  Words that had a particular meaning now mean something totally different.  Button down shirts in more formal settings would never have been left untucked.  Now the most up to style shirts are designed to be untucked.  Pronouns used in…

Silence is Golden, Unless …

Silence is Golden, Unless …

I still recall the panic-stricken look on his face.  Our beloved Pastor and Worship leader here at Anchorage Grace Church, Nathan Schneider, had just realized the dreadful reality for any Worship leader.  It was Sunday morning and the sound system was not working!   Not ideal to say the least. When this was discovered it was…

Understanding Worship

Understanding Worship

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (Romans 12:1) Worship is not an easy topic to navigate in the church. Think of it as a minefield. Strewn across the landscape are hundreds…even thousands…of…

I Am Living in a Land of Death

I Am Living in a Land of Death

As a worship pastor, it’s my responsibility and privilege to think carefully about what we sing as a local church. Corporate worship is immensely important, and overwhelmingly theological. When we sing as a congregation, we are speaking our theology in unison together. That reality should be profoundly efficacious to you as a believer. For one,…

It Is Music to My Soul

It Is Music to My Soul

When you really think about it, music is very powerful. Isn’t it amazing how you can hear a song that you have not heard in 20 plus years and suddenly you are transported to a moment in time where this song brings back a memory or pleasant feeling?Who among us has not expressed, “I have…

Hooked On a Feeling

Hooked On a Feeling

The group was Blue Swede, the year was 1974, and the song was “Hooked on a Feeling”. The Swedish pop group’s recording of that song, originally recorded by B.J. Thomas in 1968, then re-recorded by British singer Jonathan King in 1971, reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1974. The song, “Hooked on…