Category Archives: Worship Leadership

How to Worship When You Don’t Feel Like It

Have you ever felt like staying in bed on Sunday morning? Do you wonder if God would be mad if you admitted that you don’t feel like worshipping Him? It sounds sacrilegious for a devoted Christian to say this, but the … Continue reading

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God of This City (pt. 2): Hope for the City

What is the greatest need of your city? What gives you hope for your city? When Tim Keller studied the opportunity of planting a church in the heart of New York City, he wanted to understand the greatest pain point … Continue reading

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God of This City: Discovering God’s Heart for Our Cities

Do you wonder how Christians are supposed to respond to the city in all its glory and with all its problems? Are you interested in seeing how our worship reflects our passion for the city? Our church just began a … Continue reading

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Heartistic Worship: The Role of Biblical Artistry in Worship

Do you wonder about the role of art in worship? Have you wrestled to understand the connection between art and the heart? The Bible reveals many things about the connection between truth and beauty. (Here are some thoughts I shared … Continue reading

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Worship after Easter: 10,000 Reasons to Praise God for the Gospel

Have you suffered the post-Easter duldrums? It sounds heretical, but I’m not talking theologically. Many pastors and worship leaders experience a natural let down after the proper focus we place on the Holy Week and especially Resurrection Sunday. It always … Continue reading

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Arts and Worship: 5 Thoughts on the Nature of Biblical Artistry

What is biblical art? Or what makes art biblical? For that matter, how do we know if someone’s artistry is truly biblical? What difference does it make for worship leaders and thoughtful cultural artists? If those questions have ever traveled … Continue reading

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The Role of Music in Global Missions: 10 Reasons Why We Need Musicians to Take the Gospel to the Nations

I’m currently reading K.P. Yohannan’s Revolution in World Missions, (get it free here). He has seen phenomenal results throughout Asia in taking the gospel to villages through national missionaries who are literally willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of … Continue reading

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Phil’s Top Ten Lists: 10 Reasons Why Every Worship Leader Should Play or Sing Outside His/Her Church

This week I’ve been playing in the pit orchestra for CYT Wichita’s production of Cinderella Enchanted next week. My participation has reminded me of some sage advice I received from Wade Williams of Perimeter Church in Atlanta. He encouraged me … Continue reading

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The Drama of Worship: 5 Ways to Improve Your Gospel Storytelling in Worship

Why do our children find themselves bored in our worship services? Is it because we don’t have enough cool videos or tantalizing children’s sermons? No. It’s because we’ve lost the art of storytelling. Children love to hear and watch great … Continue reading

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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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