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The Worship… Service?

Written on August 15th, 2014 by
Categories: Formation, Language, Leadership, Missional, Theology

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This fall, the church I serve will kick off a series called #WeAreRedwood. We’ll be exploring our identity as God’s church… We’ll consider what it means to be disciples, community, witnesses and worshippers. To be the church …

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Written on May 30th, 2014 by
Categories: Culture, Leadership, Liturgy, Missional, Style of Worship, Theology

by Chris Logan

“Sometimes we try too hard to manufacture something that is so much richer when we just let it happen.”

3430144_origA friend of mine wrote this the other day, and it resonated with me. Much proverbial ink has …

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When We Can’t Sing

Written on March 7th, 2014 by
Categories: Guest Post, Liturgy, Music, Stories, Writing and blogging


by Karen Lichlyter-Klein

I love music. I grew up as a musician and continue to sing as much as I can, though it is harder and harder to find places to do so. My mother is a composer, and she …

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Writing Together

Written on February 14th, 2014 by
Categories: Better Together, Music, NPTS, Songwriting

by Andrew Thompson

The songs we sing in worship shape our worship. Our theology. Our mission. Our understanding and God and ourselves. Songs matter. That’s partially why, as worship leaders and pastors well know, our churches sometimes fight over songs.

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Midwinter 2014: Points of Connection for Worship Pastors, Leaders and Artists

Written on January 24th, 2014 by
Categories: Better Together, Midwinter

by Matt Nightingale

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It’s that time of year again. This year will be my thirteenth Midwinter Conference, and I always look forward to the experience. The worship, the teaching, the workshops, even the …

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I Doubt It

Written on December 20th, 2013 by
Categories: Bible, Devotional, Guest Post, Leadership, Prayer, Scripture

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by Michael Hill


It’s Sunday morning, and you’re up before the dawn to prepare your heart to lead God’s people in worship. You make a beeline to …

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Your Tech Is Showing

Written on December 16th, 2013 by
Categories: Technical Arts












by Geoff Twigg

I remember struggling for weeks in the mid 90s with a small network of computers, both IBM and Mac, trying to get them each to talk to …

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Hope for Weary Worship Pastors

Written on December 9th, 2013 by
Categories: Advent, Better Together, Church Year

Matthew 11.28 - wearyby Matt Nightingale

It’s that time of year. In the Better Together forum, it’s not uncommon to read posts and comments that sound something like these:

  • “I am overwhelmed.”
  • “Our choir is really struggling and our concert is this Sunday!”

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He Changed My Thinking: Remembering John Tavener (1944 – 2013)

Written on November 22nd, 2013 by
Categories: Arts, Culture, Current Events, Formation, Stories


by Geoff Twigg

When I was seventeen, and in my last year of High School (which in England is called Grammar School, but we won’t worry about that…) I was very interested in studying music composition in college. One of …

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Written on November 15th, 2013 by
Categories: Guest Post, Leadership, Local Church, Stories, Vocation and Call

norm-abrams-publicityby Chris Willard

I’m a fan of the home improvement show This Old House. On this show is a master carpenter and home improvement guru named Norm Abrams. He can do seemingly anything when it comes to building. If you …

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