Thoughts on Freedom in Worship

I had a great conversation on Friday with a friend and incredible musician, Randy Floyd last week.  We were talking about learning to be more open and free and expressive in Worship. It reminded me of when I went to see Wilco play at the Austin City Limits Music Festival a few years ago. They are […]

Preparing for a New Semester

For those who are wondering – Ashlee Andrews have finally made it back home. After spending almost six weeks apart from one another while she was doing research in India, she is back, and it’s so good to be able to see each other, share meals together, watch Hulu together, and pray together in person. […]

Worship Leader Communication Tips

My great friend and co-worker Sarah is working hard this summer to redo our outdated youth rooms.  New paint, new furniture, up-to-date technology…it’s all coming together to create a clean, sleek look so the rooms are a warm and inviting space for youth, but are also welcoming for adult bible studies, small groups, or even […]

Guided Meditation for Pentecost

Last week as we celebrated Pentecost, we entered into a brief time of guided meditation after singing You Are Welcome by Deluge.  Here is a copy of that meditation.  Feel free to use or adopt it for your own local church. Guided Meditation for You Are Welcome Here by Deluge You are the fire that […]

7 Ways to connect with the music you lead

I recently met with a good friend over a bowl of Lamb and Barley soup, which, is a really amazing soup.  Hearty and filling.  During the conversation we talked about the difference between Knowing a song to lead during worship, and really Owning a song.  It’s easy to listen through the recording a couple times […]

Go, Build, Plant

Reflections on Jeremiah 1:1-9 1 The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. 2 The word of the Lord came to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah, 3 and through the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, down to […]

What if Jesus Shows Up?

Some thoughts on John 11:55-57. 55-56 The Jewish Passover was coming up. Crowds of people were making their way from the country up to Jerusalem to get themselves ready for the Feast. They were curious about Jesus. There was a lot of talk of him among those standing around in the Temple: “What do you think? […]

Worship Stage Design

A few weeks ago we launched a new sermon series on forgiveness which coincided with the launch of a small group book study on forgiveness.  For years I’ve wanted to work towards creating a more cohesive and unified look in worship that would visually tie our series together so that our presentation is matching the […]

5 Resources for Daily Devotionals

There are many amazing, faithful people who pop open the Bible each morning to the place they left off and start reading.  They’ll read a passage or a chapter, pause for some reflection or journaling, and repeat the process the next day.  I think that’s beautiful and admirable…I really do.  But if I’m honest, some […]

Worship Set-List 01.26.14

  Worship Set-List for The Open Door 01.26.14 1. Skeleton Bones – John Mark McMillan 2. Oh Our Lord – Paul Baloche 3. Be Thou My Vision – Trad. 4. Wake Up – All Sons & Daughters 5. Brokenness to Beautiful – Cornerstone Next Generation