This blog is now hosted at http://www.letusrun.com and will no longer be regularly updated at this location. All of the old posts and comments made the move as well. I hope to see at the new address.
I must confess a great number of worship leaders have really annoyed me over the years. While I understand the primary function of a”worship leader” in the 21st century American church is musical, I cannot ignore the simple fact that true worship is far more than just singing songs. So often there has been a perfect time in the service for truth to be spoken, but instead we suffered an awkward transition into another song. There is no doubt music plays a particularly significant role in our response to God, as the Psalmists demonstrate, but there is still so much more.
While I can easily identify the problem in our churches, I will be the first to admit I do not have the answer. Numerous conversations have developed over this topic between my wife (the musician) and myself (the preacher), and there remains a great longing to understand it with greater clarity. Therefore, the question must be asked, “What should a worship leader say?”
Bob Kauflin, the Director of Worship Development with Sovereign Grace Ministries, recently began a series on this very topic. I have personally had the privilege of being led in worship by Bob and greatly respect his knowledge and gifting. In addition, he was one of the first worship leaders I ever knew that also had a true appreciation for how theology shapes our ability to worship. In many ways, he reminds me of David in the Psalms.
Here are the links to his articles.
This is a short promo video for the book Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris. I’m usually not a big fan of this sort of thing, but I found this particular video really well done and thought provoking. Enjoy!
So, I technically got rid of my iPhone a few weeks ago, but I still am really excited about the new ESV App released by Crossway. As always, they provide this great tool completely free. From what I have seen so far, it looks like a very well designed application. Please visit the ESV mobile website to learn more about it.
I remember always hearing or reading stories about those people who found themselves in need and turned to the Lord. They would go and pickup the mail the next day only to find a check inside an unmarked envelope for the exact amount they required. While I was always encouraged and even amazed by those stories, there was always a bit of me that remained sort of jealous. After all, I never had the opportunity to share in that particular kind of experience. And I know that may sound childish, but it’s the truth.
However, today I stopped by the mailboxes at the apartment complex on my way home from work as I often do. Inside the box, sort of tucked in with the other mail, was a small envelope with no return address listed. I thought it was somewhat strange, but figured it was probably just a note or letter from a friend or family member. So I decided to go ahead an open it on my way back to the apartment and to my surprise, there was a crisp $100 bill inside. And that was it.
At first, I was somewhat stunned. Then just confused. I kept digging around inside the little envelope expecting to find some indication of its origin. Finally, I came to the conclusion there was nothing else inside and proceded home to show my wife.
These are the moments in life where it is so easy to simply be excited about what’s happening and forget to give the credit to whom it is due. I am certain the Lord saw fit to lay it on the heart of someone here in Dallas to send us that money in the mail. To the sender, whoever you are, thank you for listening to the voice of the Lord. Sure, we could definitely use the money, but we are really far more excited to be part of something so much bigger than ourselves. To God, thank you for reminding us that you are the Great Provider. And no matter how much we may toil and plan, it is always you who provides for our every need.
As way of an official announcement, the domain letusrun.com is now configured for this blog.
I will be the first to admit I know very little about what is going on in Washington, D.C. regarding this health care reform bill. However, I have been a first hand witness of the madness which has ensued because of it. As I was perusing the blogsphere today, I came across this post from Russell Moore. I found it to be very insightful and, more importantly, focused on what really matters in a time such as this. Here are a few excerpts from his article,
Is it a problem that some of us who are tranquil as still water about biblical doctrine and ecclesial mission are red-faced about Nancy Pelosi and the talking heads on MSNBC? Is it a problem that some who haven’t shared the gospel with their neighbors in months or years are motivated to vent to strangers on the street about how scary national health care will be?
He would continue,
If we were half as outraged by our own sin and self-deception as we are by the follies of our political opponents, what would be the result? If we rejoiced as much that our names are written in heaven as we do about such trivialities as basketball brackets, what would be the result?
Just some food for thought. Keep running!