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Rich Mullins, 20 years later

It hardly seems possible that 20 years ago this week the church lost Rich Mullins. A lot has been written and posted about him this week as the anniversary of his untimely death on September 19, 1997 approached. Rich Mullins was – and is – one of my heroes. Ironically, it was a lightweight little ditty called Awesome God that he wrote for a youth camp that became the vehicle for us to know about him....

A Question of Survival

I recently had lunch with a good friend who, like myself, spent a large portion of his ministry career as a worship leader… and we have the battle scars to prove that we served churches who were in the midst of transitions in their worship style. During the course of our lunch conversation, my friend asked a really fascinating question: “What do you think is going to happen to the thousands of...

Worship Wars

Have you ever heard the phrase “Worship Wars”?  It is frequently used to describe what has happened in many of our churches over the last couple of decades as worship styles have changed. The two words that make up the phrase “Worship Wars” ought not to go together.  Worship is holy and sacred.  Wars can on rare occasions be justified, but most often they are the opposite of holy and sacred....

He Did That For Me

Theologians have a fancy phrase for it… they call it “Substitutionary Atonement.”  What it means in plain English is that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for sin.  From the beginning of the church, there has been a clear understanding of what Christ’s death on the cross meant.  It was not simply the unjust murder of an influential if somewhat unorthodox Jewish teacher on a...

He Leadeth Me

We’ve all had this experience at some point in our lives: We are in an area that we are not familiar with; an area where if left to our own devices, we would get completely and thoroughly lost.  As you know if you have ever experienced it, it is a frightening feeling to not know where you are or where you need to go. What a relief it is when we are with someone who is familiar with the area! We don’t...

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