worship

Why Churches Should Ditch The Projector Screens And Bring Back Hymnals

A couple of decades ago, churches split in a grand debate over worship. Contentious arguments raged over every aspect of worship style, components, decorum, and practically everything else. Every church seemed to be choosing between opposites—organ or praise band, historic liturgy or rock liturgies, contemporary songs or historic hymns. The fallout was ugly. Assemblies erupted …

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What’s Your Philosophy of Worship?

Does your congregation have a Philosophy of Worship? I recently came across a very well-written philosophy of worship from ‘The Meeting Place’ church (TMP). If you are developing your own standards for your worship ministry, this is a good place to start. Key Values for Your Philosophy of Worship The guiding definition of worship at …

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Keith Getty: Modern worship movement is ‘utterly dangerous,’ causing ‘de-Christianizing of God’s people’

“In Christ Alone” writer Keith Getty is warning church leaders about the modern worship movement, which he describes as one of “cultural relevance” that is “utterly dangerous” and is contributing to the “de-Christianizing of God’s people.” In an interview with The Christian Post, Getty said many modern worship songs focus on emotionalism rather than sound …

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True Worship Is More Than Singing in Church

There’s a divide in the Church. Well, there are plenty of divides in the Church. But one of the most concerning, I think, centers around the idea of worship: It’s a divide between those who understand what it means to worship God “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24) and those who don’t. This division …

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Should We Use Secular Music in Worship?

Matt sent in this question: I recently came across a message board where folks were discussing secular songs that could be done to make “seekers” feel more comfortable at church. Some folks mentioned that they had been to churches where songs were used such as: “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5, “Your Body Is …

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Tauren Wells Says “Grateful” for Chance to Tour with Secular Artists

Tauren Wells, formerly of Royal Tailor and singer of hit song “Hills and Valleys”, recently made a Facebook post talking about his experiences as a Christian artist being given an opportunity to tour with secular musicians such as Lionel Richie. Mr. Wells’ comments in their entirety are as follows: I’m grateful for the opportunity Mr. …

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Wait Upon the Drop: Why churches are turning to club music to elevate praise.

The house lights are dark as bright beams of electric blue scan the crowd. White strobes pulsate to the uhn tiss uhn tiss beat. A pre-chorus of snare-drum 16th notes gradually builds into a turbo-spooled climax of drum machine rapid fire. Everything is wound in anticipation. The bass drops. People in the crowd dance, clap, …

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Was Robert Jeffress’ Patriotic Service Verging on Idolatry?

*The opinions and views of this article are not reflective of Jesus Name New’s stance.* Several critics have denounced the “idolatry” of “Freedom Sunday” worship June 25 at First Baptist Church in Dallas, pastored by Robert Jeffress, who prominently campaigned for Donald Trump during last year’s election. The critics include Messiah College historian John Fea, …

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What Happens When We Sing in Worship?

Singing has been a major part of my life, but I don’t assume you share my background. To appreciate this message you don’t even have to enjoy singing. But if that’s where you’re at, remember that God has a passion for singing. “Oh sing to the Lord a new song. Sing to the Lord all …

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Worship Wars: Determining Musical Excellence

*NOTE: this article contains opinions that might differ and don’t necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the JNN Staff. We encourage you to read without bias, and wait to give your opinion until the end of the article.*   I prefer the older hymns of the faith over modern praise choruses. Other people feel …

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Striking Balance between Old and New Can End Worship Wars

I stood at the front of the church and watched as the congregation was led in a full slate of old hymns and familiar gospel songs. Nothing that ascended from us that morning had been composed since the 1950s. My grandparents would have been right at home there. It was the menu we are told …

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The Power of Worship

There is power in worshipping God. If we want to see breakthroughs in our life and in the lives of others, then this is the time to enter into deeper levels of worship both personally and corporately. It is only as we ascend to the throne room in worship that we can descend back into …

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