Leading music for worship in a contemporary/modern style can be tricky. There is the delicate balance between leading congregation singing and playing the music in a pleasing manner, which can quickly fall into performing for the congregation.

How does one approach this task in a manner which engages the congregation to participate fully in worship, yet also offer to God something pleasing?


There are those times when a song will grab me.

I’ll throw in a CD while driving the kids to/from school/dance/swimming/church/life to give a band a listen, or just to listen through a “mixed tape” to find some gems for use in worship – and one just jumps out!

What are we doing?

Way back in 1524 Martin Luther wrote to George Spalatin, “Our plan is to follow the example of the prophets and the ancient fathers of the church, and to compose psalms for the people [in the] vernacular, that is, spiritual songs, so that the Word of God may be among the people also in the form of music.”

How’s that for jumping into the hot-tub time machine to start things off…

I’m tired of this discussion

I recently read an interview with N.T. Wright, who is known in some circles as “the world’s most foremost New Testament theologian.” In this interview he stated his concern about music used in contemporary worship today. He notes that many of the songs written today for worship do not have melodies in a traditional sense; and we went on about how he feels these songs are lacking something because of this loss.