worshipSunday morning has its share of busyness and distraction.

It’s not that we worship gear, tone, & rock stardom. We’re just distracted – crowded minds and preoccupied hearts

I hate to say it, but oftentimes meeting with Jesus on Sunday morning feels like a reunion with an old friend. It’s refreshing, we remember the past, but it’s like we’re just “keeping up appearances.”

We aren’t connecting on a regular basis.

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8627341322_eb713ff36a_zThe more we make worship ministry about us, the further we get from God’s heart.

It’s about passion for Jesus and compassion for people. And this podcast is all about getting real.

I had a conversation with Jimmy Thorpe, local church worship pastor and all-around great guy about the ins and outs of worship ministry.

So many valuable topics are discussed in this interview – two local church guys talking about what we do week in and week out.

This is less about songwriting, music production, and art and more about what it takes to lead people, which is what most of us spend our time doing.

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finishYou know what’s difficult for me? Finishing songs.

It’s agonizing for me to declare a song “done” if there’s still possibility that it could be better.

It could always improve. It could always change.

But there comes a time when you have to finish.

There’s more at stake in your creative projects than you may realize. Your creativity, your art, your work sets inspiration into motion.

Throughout my life I’ve been inspired by artists, musicians, and writers who could have made the decision to stall and never finish.

Influence belongs to those who step out and make something happen.

Good intentions don’t change the world.

Dreams don’t make a difference unless they’re put on a deadline.

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safe_imageWe don’t really need more songs.

We need God songs – songs that transport our wandering hearts and distracted minds to behold a greater reality.

Without a doubt, that’s why I love the songs of Jon Egan and the Desperation Band.

It was so fun to catch up with Jon and talk about Desperation Band, the new album. miracle stories, songwriting, and discipleship.

Check out the interview…AND we’re giving away 5 copies of the album. Details below!

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2588347668_a1006846fa_zWhen it comes to preparing for Sunday’s worship, we have the usual routines.

We pick our songs, we arrange the music, we schedule the band, we rehearse. But what if I told you there was more to your preparation than that?

What if I told you there were ways to leverage your influence on a deeper level each weekend?

I know, we’re all busy. But no one wants to get stuck in dead routines that have no meaning. This post is all about breathing life into those rhythms we keep every week.

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Justin-Jarvis-ImpactingIt’s a powerful truth when you realize Christ is within you and Christ wants to extend His grace through you.

This theme runs deep in the music of Justin Jarvis, worship leader at the Harbour Church and artist with Jesus Culture Music.

Justin has a heart for the presence of God, a unique voice, and powerful songs that will shake the complacency right out of you.

In this conversation we talk about all things Jesus Culture, being used by God, guitar pedals, comic books, musical influences, and healthy worship team culture.

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14656401742_4bf8e40393_zWe say that worship is a lifestyle, but how many of us actually live it?

Merriam Webster defines lifestyle as “a particular way of living: the way a person lives or a group of people live.”

If that’s the case, this is pretty important stuff.

It makes sense, right? The Bible isn’t silent on this matter:

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (I Corinthians 10:31).”

All.

Do all.

Whatever you do.

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dustin-smith_july2013Genuine worship is marked by powerful transformation. It’s impossible to truly worship God and not be changed.

The more we see Jesus, declare His promises, and place our faith in His goodness, the more we’ll be the kind of people He wants us to be.

This (and much, much more) is what Dustin Smith and I talk about in this interview. Dustin is a worship pastor at World Revival Church and a songwriter with Integrity Music.

This conversation ebbs and flows from songwriting to spontaneous worship to loving people and Dustin’s new album. Dustin is filled with wisdom about worship and has some seriously great one-liners in this interview.

I promise you – you will be stirred and encouraged by Dustin’s heart.

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3581097887_0dbe837775_zThe most important dynamic of your setlist isn’t your songs.

It’s more about the fire in your heart, the anticipation in showing up, the wide eyed wonder of your gaze, and bringing others along to do the same.

But there’s a way to craft your setlist that will distract or engage the room.

When crafting a worship set, you want to frame an experience that will stick with people long after the worship service is over. It’s not just about emotional highs, cool music, and happy sing-a-longs.

We’re after God’s heart, right?

We want to experience His very near, very real presence.

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Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 11.11.28 PMHave you ever thought – what was worship like before it was cool?

Today’s conversation is with David Garratt – veteran worship leader and songwriter who has been making records since 1968 before it was common to do so.

David paved the way for thousands of artists today and continues to inspire. It was such an honor to talk with him on the podcast.

We talk about some very interesting subjects ranging from introducing drums and guitars in worship before it was an “acceptable” practice, what makes a great song, what God was doing in the charismatic revival in the 60s, and what worship leaders are missing in their leadership.

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