Ever get frustrated by how simple worship music is?
Maybe it’s not such a bad thing. And is it possible to be too creative in our corporate gatherings? This and so much more is covered in my conversation with Matt Maher. He has tons of wise, enlightening, practical advice to share with us today. His new album Saints & Sinners has just released and is amazing.
I’ve been wanting to talk with Matt for some time now. I love the depth of his songwriting and his heart for unity across denominational lines (he is Catholic). I love podcast interviews that veer off the page and take some interesting turns.
This isn’t to be missed!
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In this Episode You’ll Hear More About:
- The global, massive movement of Jesus.
- Why being a nerd is necessary for enjoying life.
- Matt’s embarrassing moments on stage.
- Matt’s musical journey through piano lessons, rock & roll, jazz in college, & songwriting.
- Using already written prayers and using them in your songwriting.
- Why worship music should be simple and have aesthetic and creative limits.
- Matt’s catholic faith and what it means to him.
- Why stained glass windows, incense, and organs have special significance in church.
- Lighting in churches – why early Christians had to pray in the dark, why cathedrals were built so light would enter, and why most modern churches worship in the dark.
- Whether our modern church aesthetic choices are helping or hindering us.
- Why every church and denomination has a liturgy.
- Why we need to put twice as much energy into praying with people as we do writing music.
- The prayerlessness of the modern church.
- The problem with creating services where we communicate to God but don’t hear from Him.
- What worship songwriters need to focus on.
- Why worship songs aren’t primarily a theological teaching device.
- Why How Great is Our God and Oceans are powerful songs.
- The theme behind Matt’s new album, Saints & Sinners.
Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
- Podcast Sponsor: MultiTracks
- App: Playback Intro by MultiTracks (loop trigger for iPad)
- Website: Matt Maher
- Twitter: @mattmahermusic
- Facebook: Matt Maher
- Music: Saints & Sinners by Matt Maher
- Podcast: Breaking New Ground, Raising Up Worship Leaders, & Living a Vibrant Life with Sidney Mohede
- Website: The Passion Movement
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