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Why We Keep Singing Together: Examining Our Approach

Growing up in the current American Christian landscape, there are so many things that become staples of church and faith. They are so ingrained into the fabric of one’s faith that they are often inseparable from what is truly faith and what is a religious tradition. Singing corporately can become such a tradition that it tears away from its meaning ...

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Why We Keep Singing Together: Building Each Other Up

My local church’s worship team is really tremendous. Vocals, drums, guitars, piano—all very talented. Yet they just can’t quite measure up to my favorite worship band and they rarely play any of the songs on my faves list. Don’t get me wrong, I like our pastor (oh, wait, I am the pastor) but he just can’t hold my interest like ...

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Why We Keep Singing Together: The Heart of Worship

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Matt Redman penned these powerful opening words to the song, The Heart of Worship, in the late 1990s. These lyrics reflect what our attitude should be regarding worshiping together today: When the music fadesAll is stripped awayAnd I simply comeLonging just to bringSomething that’s of worthThat will bless your heartI’ll bring you more than a songFor a song in itselfIs ...

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Why We Keep Singing Together: A Timeless Act of Worship

Why do we keep singing together? To provide a clear answer we must explore two fundamental aspects of worship: why we sing and why we assemble. Robert Webber states that “The first act of worship is to assemble the people. This is no mere human act lacking in theological significance.  Rather, it is an act of divine initiative through which ...

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Why We Keep Singing Together: An Artios Roundtable Discussion

For anyone who grew up participating in church communities, the act of singing is almost synonymous with worship. It’s what every congregation, regardless of denomination, location, language, or culture has in common. We all sing songs of adoration and submission to our God. In fact, its been this way throughout history. But how often do we stop to ask why? ...

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5 Simple Ways to Increase Sabbath School Attendance

Most Sabbath School teachers share a common frustration: low attendance. They feel like their congregation would benefit from Sabbath School class, but fewer than half of those who attend the worship service show up for class. Here are five tips for attracting more people to class: 1. Let Teachers Teach Many church classrooms consist of a discussion facilitator lobbing questions ...

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A Compelling Case for Contemporary Worship Songs

I grew up singing old traditional hymns. I loved to worship singing them as a child and I love to worship singing them now. Few things draw me as quickly or closely to God’s presence as the simple, heartrending Near the Cross or the poetic strains of Be Thou My Vision. Yet I also love many of the contemporary songs ...

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