When We Can’t Sing

1 Comment » Written on March 7th, 2014     
Filed under: Guest Post, Liturgy, Music, Stories, Writing and blogging
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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

1 Comment » Written on February 14th, 2014     
Filed under: 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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Sacrament

Post a Comment » Written on February 8th, 2014     
Filed under: Formation, Liturgy, Theology

By Chris Logan

I’m going to level with you: I’m kind of a science nerd. 

Shocking, I know. I grew up on “Reading Rainbow” and “Bill Nye the Science Guy” and “Ranger Rick” and pilfered copies of “Popular Science” (sorry

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

Post a Comment » Written on January 24th, 2014     
Filed under: 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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Happy New Year

2 comments Written on January 1st, 2014     
Filed under: Better Together
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by Chris Logan

A new year, new opportunities. It’s our culture’s custom this time of year to celebrate the opportunity for transformation and redemption. Whether its been a really rough year or a fantastic year, this can be a chance

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I Doubt It

1 Comment » Written on December 20th, 2013     
Filed under: Bible, Devotional, Guest Post, Leadership, Prayer, Scripture
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by Michael Hill

A FAMILIAR STORY

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

Post a Comment » Written on December 16th, 2013     
Filed under: Technical Arts
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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

1 Comment » Written on December 9th, 2013     
Filed under: 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)

2 comments Written on November 22nd, 2013     
Filed under: Arts, Culture, Current Events, Formation, Stories

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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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Unqualified

1 Comment » Written on November 15th, 2013     
Filed under: 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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