Category Archives: Worship Leader
I am overjoyed to announce that my CD “Already But Not Yet” is now available! Overjoyed by the hope that God will use these songs to encourage many people and churches. Overjoyed to contribute to the hymn-renewal movement that the Spirit is using to revive the Church. Overjoyed to exalt the true Redeemer!
“Already But Not Yet” tells a story–God’s story of Redemption through King Jesus. And each song moves the story forward from Christ’s Cross, Resurrection, and Exaltation to our life of Exile and Prayer, and finally to the celebration in the New Creation. Already redemption has been accomplished. But not yet completed. We await the Return of the King!
1. He is Risen (Resurrection)
2. Look! Ye Saints (Exaltation)
3. Christ is Coming (Exile)
4. Come, Lord Jesus, to Redeem Us (Prayer)
5. Upon this Mount–Isaiah 25:6-9 (New Creation)
6. There is a Fountain (Our Theme)
CDs are now available to purchase at BullMoose Music (Windham and Portland) and will soon be available for download at ITunes.
For mail orders please mail a check to Joshua Otte |973 River Rd |Windham, ME 04062. $7ea or 2 for $10. Just add $3 shipping (up to 4 CDs). Add $0.50 for additional CDs. If you have any questions email me (eucatastrophe101 at yahoo dot com) until the website is launched! Thanks!
UPDATE. Please check out my Facebook Music Page. Listen to the tracks, leave a note, tell your friends!
Bob Kauflin, of Worship Matters, writes…
I just finished reading Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, by Geoff Colvin. Fascinating book. Giftedness is a topic that I’ve thought about a lot. Are we selling ourselves short by assuming that we’ll never be as good a keyboardist, vocalist, guitarist, drummer, or whatever, as the people we esteem?
Colvin begins the book by examining the lives of several famous “greats,” including Tiger Woods, Mozart, Jack Welch, and Jerry Rice. He says that most people think their greatness arose either from a) hard work; or b) talent. Colvin says neither, and uses scientific and anecdotal evidence to support his claim. Instead, he points us to “deliberate practice.” Not simply working hard, but working the right way. Deliberate practice, often the fruit of effective mentoring, has five elements:
- It is activity designed specifically to improve performance
- it can be repeated a lot
- feedback on results is continuously available
- it’s highly demanding mentally
- It isn’t much fun
Read the rest, here.
The latest installment of Ron Man’s Worship Notes is out, “Christmas in Context“. I find each month’s issue encouraging and thought provoking–a must read whenever it arrives in my inbox. And…just in case you missed them, here’s the whole 2008 collection.
- 3.12 (December 2008) CHRISTMAS IN CONTEXT
- 3.11 (November 2008) THE MINISTRY OF SONG
- 3.10 (October 2008) THE PASTOR AND WORSHIP
- 3.9 (September 2008) SPIRIT AND TRUTH
- 3.8 (August 2008) THE TYRANNY OF TASTE
- 3.7 (July 2008) DEFINING OUR TERMS
- 3.6 (June 2008) THEOLOGY AND DOXOLOGY
- 3.5 (May 2008) GIVING OUR BEST
- 3.4 (April 2008) THEMATIC WORSHIP
- 3.3 (March 2008) CALLED TO WORSHIP
- 3.2 (February 2008) THIRSTING FOR GOD
- 3.1 (January 2008) WORSHIP, CREATION & THE FALL
Bob Kauflin just announced the Worship God 08 Seminars are now available! There’s something here for everyone…drummers, techies, guitarists, “worship leaders”, pastors, grandmas, songwriters, Chris Tomlin,
Here’s my top 5:
Band on the Run
Leading Worship in a Small Church
The Task of a Worship Leader
Worship Team Checkup
Writing Songs People Will Want to Sing
Sovereign Grace Ministries rock with generosity! The main sessions from the Worship God ’08 conference are already available to listen or download…for free! All the messages were great, but my top 3 are “Expressing Emotion with the Psalmist” and “Enduring Hardship with the Psalmist” and “Living Life with the Psalmist.”
Listen. Be blessed!
Christians and compliments have a very odd relationship. We really don’t know how to give them or take them.
Some of us are afraid of giving compliments because we fear we might somehow inflate someone’s ego. So we feel the need to preface our encouragement with something like…”I don’t want this to give you a big head…but you did a good job today”.
But most of us just feel awkward taking compliments. Should we simply say “Thank you”? Should we give the “humble” reply “Ah shucks…it was nothing.”
Although writing primarily for leaders of gathered worship and musicians, Bob Kauflin, of Worship Matters, offers some wise, biblical counsel applies to all of us who seek to take and give compliments without robbing God of the glory that He alone deserves.
Read the whole thing, here.