worship

What is Holiness? (It’s Better Than you Think)

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“Holiness is avoiding sin. It’s being set apart from the world and staying undefiled.” Or so we’ve been told. The problem with defining holiness like this is that it doesn’t actually describe a God who is holy. God was holy long before there was any sin to avoid. He was unblemished long before there [...]

Keith Green’s Grace Awakening

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And now for something special. Today, the 28th of July, is the 28th anniversary of the day Keith Green was killed in a plane crash at the young age of 28. Keith Green was one of those lights that burned bright and fast. In the brief years that he lived as a follower of Jesus, he wrote some of the best worship [...]

Why do Churches Have Mood Music?

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It’s the end of the service and the preacher is coming to the punch line. Quietly the keyboardist goes on stage, selects “warm pads” or “strings” and begins to play in the background. As the preacher makes his challenge, the sound of synthesized seraphim singing begins to wash over the audience. Hand [...]

That’s My King

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From time to time we’ve been fired up by SM Lockridge’s awesome “That’s my king” sermon. (The full text can be found at the bottom of this post.) Last Easter Sunday we watched the following version of it… But the version I really like – but can’t show in church [...]