Monthly Archives: January 2012

“the song that everybody knows” isn’t good enough

Here’s what a lot of people hate about “contemporary worship”: Wasn’t that awful? Wait, what was awful? The fact that there’s a commonly used style, which can be made fun of? That’s true of any religious service — it’s called … Continue reading

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no, no, no — you’re doing it wrong!

This is not necessarily the best way to accomplish the task. Give her a B3 and a couple of Leslies, dude! (Cartoon by Christian Musician and parodist Bim Ingersoll.)

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move or stay put?

Some interesting quotes I ran across recently: Our worship service is designed to help people experience greater wholeness and integration in their lives, to take down some of those barriers between the sacred and the profane that divide our lives … Continue reading

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an unfortunate choice of name

When I named this blog, I made a mistake: “loud” is not the defining characteristic of contemporary worship or contemporary worship music. Granted, it was louder when we started doing this, by virtue of having a drum kit on stage. … Continue reading

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in which we “go primetime”

After three years of contemporary worship at a third service on 12:30 Sundays, we are “going primetime”, that is, folding the contemporary services into the two morning services. Current plan is to see how it works with two contemporary and … Continue reading

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arranging hymns for guitar

One of the thorniest barriers to moving to a contemporary style, I think, is that there are beloved hymns that are going to be sorely missed by long-time members. If you’re moving from a traditional service style to a more … Continue reading

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