Why Fathers Cry at Their Daughters’ Weddings

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It wasn’t until after our daughter was born that I realized exactly why fathers cry at their daughters’ weddings. I was rocking our daughter late one night as the rest of the world slept and I realized that one day as we walked down an aisle together I would be remembering this moment. I would be remembering her tiny fingers … Read More

4 Reasons We Sing “Reckless Love”

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I lead worship at Salem Lutheran Church in the Houston area. Recently, like many of you, we began singing the song “Reckless Love.” It’s a provocative image – calling God’s love “reckless” – that comes out of the parables Jesus tells in Luke 15, most specifically the Parable of the Lost Sheep. If you haven’t heard it, take a listen: … Read More

Wonderfully Made: Choosing Life

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I watched this video for the first time with tears streaming down my cheeks in the lobby of an Orlando hotel. We have been so blessed over the years to have our songs travel all over the nation and even occasionally around the world. (I’m not exactly sure how it happens, I just know that my ASCAP statement includes royalties from Norway.) … Read More

Worship Leader Magazine: Best of the Best

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We are incredibly honored to be selected this year as an Editor’s Pick for Worship Leader Magazine’s annual Best of the Best issue in the category of Worship for Kids. Each year, Worship Leader’s November/December issue includes a Best of the Best resource guide with their favorite resources in a variety of categories. A big thank you to our friends at … Read More

Don’t Let Non-Believers Write Your Worship Songs

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This morning I read a thought-provoking blog by Daniel Darling called “Don’t Let Non-Christians Write Your Liturgy.” The core message of the article is that we should be careful how far we go in attempting to make our worship services attractive and accessible to non-believers. There are certainly important steps we can take in this area, for instance: Making everyone feel welcome … Read More

Worship Leaders, You Have One Job

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  You had one job. In the world of internet memes, this might be the one that makes me laugh out loud the most. Hilarious pictures of job-related fails have spawned websites and multiple Twitter accounts. The common thread in each snapshot is a seemingly simple job that was botched in a way that should have been obvious. Woe to … Read More

DOORPOST SONG of the WEEK: STRONG and COURAGEOUS

David RayDoorpost Song of the Week, Music2 Comments

Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is making the right decision in spite of fear. Fear can be a powerful, debilitating enemy. For some of us it can be all-consuming. None of us can escape it entirely. It rises unbidden, unexpected, ready to paralyze us with indecision. But experiencing fear does not mean that we have to be fearful. In Joshua 1, the … Read More