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A Case for Church Choir

“When she said that to me . . . Well, if there were a fruit basket of the Holy Spirit, let’s just say, ‘I was not in the basket’!” Those words from a good friend in ministry made me laugh out loud because I have been there. You have, too. We all have been there.   I must rely on the power of the Holy Spirit not to punch somebody in the throat! You know

By |2019-02-07T08:14:30-07:00January 28th, 2019|Music Mondays|

Military Small Groups

I was recently asked to write two articles for publication on using small groups for ministry. I decided to put them up as blogs on Parson’s Pen. View the other article on Care Groups As Mid Week Service here. Through an amazing set of circumstances, in 1991 God abruptly changed the plan I had for my life of ministry. That summer I raised my hand and swore an oath to uphold the Constitution and defend

By |2019-02-05T09:22:48-07:00January 21st, 2019|The Parson's Pen|

Music Mondays – 2019, January 21

The week before Evangelistic Meetings I often purposefully design to be a more meditative service. Knowing that the following week the music will be very rousing, I choose songs and themes that are more contemplative and quieter. Little did I know how God would use the music of this week—the week before Evangelistic Meetings Sunday! Because I knew the rest of the service was quieter and more thoughtful, we started by ripping the gospel song

By |2019-02-05T10:20:40-07:00January 21st, 2019|Music Mondays|

Music Mondays – 2019, January 14

Most Sundays, all goes well. Some things are better, some things not perfect. But it all works together for good. If there is a slip-up, most folks don’t even notice. But every so often, there are Sundays like today. There are several slip-ups. Enough that it is obvious even to the most unaware that something did not go as planned. Today was “one of THOSE days.” If today’s “oopsies” were a result of lack of

By |2019-02-05T10:23:00-07:00January 14th, 2019|Music Mondays|

Care Groups As Mid-Week Service

I was recently asked to write to articles for publication on using small groups for ministry. I decided to put them up as blogs on Parson’s Pen. Read the other article on Military Small Groups here. A healthy church is built on community, which includes concentric and overlapping rings of interactive small groups. I know that is a bold statement, but I firmly believe it is true. These small groups go by various names and

By |2019-02-05T09:24:49-07:00January 13th, 2019|The Parson's Pen|

Music Mondays – 2019, January 7

In the historical church calendar, the time between Christmas and Easter is called “Ordinary Time.” I always think of this the Sunday after “the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the shepherds return to their flocks.” You know, that first Sunday after all the celebration of Christmas is over? That Sunday that can feel as empty as the spot in your house where the Christmas tree

By |2019-02-05T09:24:11-07:00January 7th, 2019|Music Mondays|

Music Monday – 2018, December 31

Can I be honest with you? In private I call these last three Sundays “Twilight Zone Sundays.” As in “I am so out of it. I feel as if I’m double parked in the Twilight Zone.” In most churches, the closer it gets to Christmas, the more church family comes home. For instance, in another ministry, I remember watching my church orchestra grow and grow with better and better players until the week before Christmas.

By |2019-02-05T10:29:34-07:00January 3rd, 2019|Music Mondays|

Music Monday – 2018, December 24

The choir sang a “call to worship” from our December 9 Christmas Celebration—a medley of songs on the theme of angels. It started with sleigh bells introducing “Angels We Have Heard on High.” The second stanza mixed the meters making the song feel like the jig that this true carol is. Then the choir shifted gears a bit and sang a new, sparkling tune to the Wesley text “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.” And the

By |2019-02-05T10:32:33-07:00December 24th, 2018|Music Mondays|

Music Monday – 2018, December 17

Our service opened with “Christmas leftovers.” Our church’s special Christmas service is early in the season so that our college students attending International Baptist College & Seminary can be a part of it before heading home for Christmas. So we began the service by singing the closing medley from last week’s Christmas “cantata.” It was a blend of several favorite Christmas hymns: “Good Christian Men, Rejoice,” “Joy to the World,” and “O Come, All Ye

By |2019-02-05T09:24:11-07:00December 17th, 2018|Music Mondays|

Living in Dependence, not Just Crisis

This is the time of year I prepare for my annual military physical training test. I’ve had the privilege of serving my God and my country as a chaplain for 26.5 years. I hold the rank of Colonel in the Arizona Air Guard. The yearly test is good discipline for me, but not a lot of fun. I restrict my diet and exercise. I must confess that I tend to eat my stress and pastoring

By |2019-02-05T09:24:49-07:00January 10th, 2018|The Parson's Pen|
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