• Why Worship has been REALLY good lately

    People will say to me, “Worship was sooooo good this Sunday!” I always say thank you, and then I usually say, “I know;  it was awesome, wasn’t it!” That’s my way of subtly reminding them that the worship service is something I am participating and experiencing in much the same way that they are. I know what we’re singing before hand and I am of course leading the song, but I am still just another member of the “congregation” of people who are sharing the experience of God’s presence and remembering His grace together.

  • How To Self-Educate on Multicultural Music For Free!

    There’s a few tools that I’ve learned to employ to train myself in different cultural styles of worship that I can share with the blog readers. Of course, when you work for a church like mine, there’s not much of a music budget, so I’ve had to learn to be resourceful with the awesome power of the web. Here’s a few places to get started:

  • Tip #1 for Writing Worship Songs: Be in the Spirit

    So how do you write a worship song?

  • Who is this Mzungu? On learning African music

    That means that to show love to the Congolese, Kenyan, Liberian, Nigerian, Zambian, Togolese or whomever I need to actively pursue understanding their music better. It's like marriage; I have a calling to pursue my wife by getting to know everything about her.

  • The 150% Person

    For us as the followers of Christ, we are called, as Paul said in Philippians 2, to have the same attitude of Christ. We humbly enter into the world and culture around us and become 'babies' in order to become one in spirit and purpose. This is one of the core values of New City Fellowship. Racial reconciliation is a process of humbly submitting ourselves to each other in love and unity through having open and teachable hearts. The authors of this book believed that Jesus becoming the 200% person was something impossible for anyone but God. They postulate that we can't give up more that 75% of our original culture, but we strive to adopt 75% of the new culture. We are called to be a kind 150% person.