Posts Tagged ‘worship’

What is incarnational worship?

Welcome to my new blog: (i)ncarnation of worship. In this blog I will review the current landscape of worship leadership and encourage dialogue and creative sharing in relationship to the topic of worship leadership. The title of this blog represents the greatest challenge of the 21st century church in relationship to worship: How do we reconcile a desire to connect with culture with a desire for pure worship before the Throne Room of God. I have the great privilege of discussing this issue frequently with my students at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Most often, students of various calling and worship leaders in particular are more passionate about one of these two extremes. Our churches need a balanced perspective on worship for maximum health, and it is the responsibility of worship leaders to provide that balanced perspective. In future posts, I will seek to describe how this proper balance can be achieved through the framework of incarnational worship. Rest assured that future conversation-starters will include practical aspects of worship leadership; although, my students would probably warn you that I tend to drift back to philosophical inquires.

Original Song by Phillip Townsend (Atl student at New Orleans Baptist Seminary)

Here is a song I wrote and recorded a few years back. It may or may not suit your palette:

http://www.youtube.com/philliptowns#p/c/4285132B09028F8B/0/HB3c6ygwY5g

Original Song by Truett-McConnell grad (Tim Johnson)

Check out Tim Johnson’s post for song contest in Atlanta. Posted with his permission

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSNTx0lMkVI&sns=tw

Original Song by Heather Palmer (student at Truett-McConnell, GA)

Heather entered this song in a contest sponsored by the The Fish in Atlanta–posted with Heather’s permission.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJSsNHxDMzI

“Relevance versus Reverance”

Ed Stetzer and Mike Harlan presented an excellent discussion that relates directly to the topic at hand: incarnation of worship (http://vimeo.com/6415170). I am particularly impressed with Stetzer’s suggestion that we exegete a community before trying to force our worship preferences on a particular church. If worship leaders(music or otherwise) would adopt this model, we would see far fewer splits in churches. Let us know what you think about this dialogue–feel free to reference specific sections of the interview as that will encourage others to view the video themselves.