Liturgy: A Reason to Sing

Responsive Worship: A Reason to Sing

In his book, Rhythms of Grace, Mike Cosper describes the word liturgy saying, “The word itself comes from two Greek words meaning ‘public work,’ or (as it’s often described) ‘the work of the people.’ To talk about liturgy in its most basic sense is to talk about what the congregation is gathering to do.” Every … Continued

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Join Existing Church Plant

Joining an Existing Church Plant

My wife and I moved to Phoenix to join Valley Life | Tramonto in November 2016. In January 2017, the church celebrated its fifth anniversary. By the time I joined the staff, the team had five years of shared stories, a common vernacular that was foreign to me, and inside jokes that I politely nodded … Continued

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Serving Delight Duty

Serving from Delight Instead of Duty

I will never forget the first time I led worship in my youth group. The lyrics were displayed by a projector with transparent slides lighting the walls. I had a junky guitar my dad bought for me at an auction, and I did a version of “Trading My Sorrows” that played a little fast and loose … Continued

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The Modern Worship Problem: A Response

The Modern Worship Problem: A Response

The Internet, while still relatively young, is clearly cyclical. If you pay attention, you will noticed that every few months the same stories go viral and old discussions are revived. It’s one thing I like about our digitized world. I like conversations to come back around because I think it’s healthy to think through the … Continued

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Sing to Remember

Sing to Remember

God’s Command to Sing At the end of Deuteronomy, God gives an interesting command to Moses. At the very end of the Torah, the first five books of the Bible that were passed around and taught to generations of Israelites, God gives instruction for how we should worship him. In this penultimate discussion, he calls them to remember. … Continued

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