Back on Bass

Back on Bass

It has been about three years since I played in a band, but I back now! 🙂 Last night I had the honor of joining the Vineyard Boise’s Celebrate Recovery band as they kicked off the evening with a worship set. They usually host the CR folks in the Chapel, which has an inmate setting. However being Good Friday, we had to move into the sanctuary, which meant a HUGE stage and lots of cool sound equipment. For example, I got to use a personal mixer that allowed me to adjust the band’s sound to my personal liking. Granted, why cool, playing with sound canceling ear buds was very strange! All in all, it was a great evening. We played three songs and I didn’t make any big mistakes. The worship pastor even kept me on the schedule next month, which is a good sign!...
The New Worship Wars: Moving From Singing TO God To Singing WITH God

The New Worship Wars: Moving From Singing TO God To Singing WITH God

Have you ever had a feeling that you couldn’t put into words and then all of a sudden you read or hear a term that just pops? Well that happened to me this week when I read Dan Wilt’s blog on worship. It was as if he had given me the words to describe what has been happening within me, I just didn’t know how to describe it. :/ In reflecting on this new sensation, I realized that there might be others of you out there who would benefit from Dan’s article – that and I wanted to share some of my thoughts on the subject… but before I get too far along, allow me to summarize Dan’s post:   “Is It Too Loud? Worship Accompaniment Vs. Worship Immersion Culture”   Summary   Dan, a long time Vineyard worship leader and founder of WorshipTraining.com, starts the article off by relaying the conversations he had with two people from his church about the volume of the worship music. One person, a young man, wanted the volume turned up while the other one, an older lady, wanted the volume turned down. In listening to them Dan rightly realized that the volume of the music wasn’t really the main factor in these conversation. The main factor was the worship culture or worldview through which both of these people viewed and experienced worship. Dan identified the culture of the latter group as one that seeks to be “accompanied and supported by the band.” As in, they highly value the ability to hear the voices of their follow Christians worshiping with them. The music itself...

Work is Worship

Here’s an awesome video by RightNow Ministries highlighting the importance of everyday work. There is NO separation between the sacred and the secular – we all are called to live the life of Jesus no matter what we do or how we pay the bills!...
Top 12 Resources From the Vineyard UK/Ireland in 2012

Top 12 Resources From the Vineyard UK/Ireland in 2012

Each week the Vineyard UK/Ireland AVC uploads some new resources for the church – either ones they re-discovered in their vaults or new material recently released. In celebration of the year just finished, they posted a summary of the top 12 popular resources. Here is a quick list of the resources in reserve order along with a few of my notes. Feel free to navigate over to the main article for more details as well links to specific resources. 12. Creative Evangelism // Alan Scott 11. Developing Fearlessness // Robby Dawkins A short video by Robby on being willing to risk everything – including looking like an idiot – to tell people about Jesus. What are we willing to risk to share the message of Jesus? 10. Burned for the Bible // James Mumford 9.  Kids Can Too // Nigel & Jo Hemming Children are not the church of tomorrow – they are the church of today!! The church in general needs to move past ‘babysitting’ kids on Sunday and allow them to participate in the mission of God as a fully functional member of Christ’s body. 8.  Why bother with theology in the Vineyard // Jason Clark This is a written article based upon a talk Jason gave last year. It is a well thought out article about the importance of theology in our daily lives – give it a read! 7. Songs that reflect a season of the church // Kathryn Scott 6. Everybody gets to play // John Mumford A great article by the National Director of the Vineyard UK/Ireland on the value of allowing everyone...
Reflections on the 2012 Vineyard Northwest Regional Conferences (continued)

Reflections on the 2012 Vineyard Northwest Regional Conferences (continued)

The thing I love the most about Vineyard conferences is the worship. There is just something powerful about a group of people passionate about worship and pursuing the presence of God. Yes, this same level of passion can happen in the local church (and SHOULD happen!). Sadly, however, it doesn’t always happen as Sunday mornings are full of people from all kinds of backgrounds and places on the journey towards Jesus – all of which can serve as distractions from the main goal of throwing our lives down at the feet of Jesus. (not to mention the busyness that comes with setting up chairs, preparing to preach, brand practice, etc…) Those who typically attend pastors and leaders conferences are, well, fully sold out for Jesus and, for the most part, don’t have the inhibitions that normally keep people from actively worshiping the Lord. As such, these conferences are hotbeds of powerful worship! At this particular conference, each main session started with 45 minutes to an hour of worship and ended with half hour ministry/worship. (and NO ONE complained about the length or the song selections!) It was awesome!!! Refreshing!!! Life giving!!! I could dance all I wanted to without worrying about the sound system or playing the bass guitar!! It was just me and Jesus bouncing off the walls in an intimate embrace!! Much happiness!!!!!!...