Monthly Archives: December 2011

Phil’s Top Ten Lists: 10 Things to Make 2012 Memorable

The end of a year always provides a chance for analysis and forecasting. While it’s an arbitrary marker in certain respects, it allows us a chance to evaluate our work and lives. John Piper recently released his end of year … Continue reading

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Worship As Story: Crafting Worship Services that Rehearse the Gospel (An Album Review)

I love a great story. I especially like seeing a great movie or musical. Even now I can hear the haunting music as the tension rises only to be released in a moment of ecstatic joy. Characters facing overwhelming challenges … Continue reading

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God With Us: 5 Implications of the Incarnation for Corporate Worship

I love singing Advent songs like “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.” They help me remember the longing Israel felt as they waited for God’s promised Messiah. Check out the two cool arrangements of these … Continue reading

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Phil’s Top Ten Lists: Top 10 Reasons to Celebrate Advent

If you grew up outside the church or in a broadly evangelical congregation, there’s a good chance you don’t know what to do with Advent. For years I thought Christmas and Advent were synonymous. Not true. They are inseparable, but … Continue reading

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Excellence in Worship: 7 Ways to Overcome the Tension Between Excellence and Performance

If you’re a church musician, I’m sure you’ve heard, said or been a victim of one of the following statements: “Worship is not a performance, so stop showing off every Sunday.” “God is more concerned about our hearts in worship, … Continue reading

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