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  • Hark! Skipping Christmas carol verses discouraged

    by David Roach, posted Monday, December 04, 2017 (9 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As worship pastor Andrew Lucius selects songs for Christmas worship, he is considering specific needs in the Georgia congregation he serves. Among his conclusions: singing only the first verse of familiar carols could leave worshipers spiritually malnourished.

    The widow "who's going through the Christmas season the first time this year without her husband ... needs more than the first verse of 'Joy to the World!'" said Lucius, associate pastor of music and worship at Bull Street Baptist Church in Savannah, Ga. "She needs to sing, 'No more let sin and sorrow grow, nor thorns infest the ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Sing with your spouse

    by Joshua Jenkins, posted Monday, November 27, 2017 (16 days ago)

    To strengthen marital bonds, writes columnist Joshua Jenkins, Christians should sing hymns with their spouses. Such singing will "spite the devil," he writes. Read More

  • iPad apps used to 'round out' worship team

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Wednesday, August 09, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- For churches with worship bands, finding and keeping enough trained musicians to play all the instruments can be a struggle, said Darryl Ferrington, a music professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. But he's found the use of iPads and apps to be a way to fill in the gaps.

    Ferrington spent the past year studying the use of iPads as instruments for his sabbatical project. What he found should serve as an encouragement to churches that struggle to find musicians to lead corporate worship. ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: 'It's time to fly!'

    by Nate Adams, posted Tuesday, August 08, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Nate Adams marvels at a flight attendant's cheerful demeanor, highlighted by her short exclamation spoken with childlike wonder and enthusiasm. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Spirit & truth in worship

    by Jason K. Allen, posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Jason Allen underscores the balance between spirit and truth in a church's worship. If either is taken to an extreme, it can "tilt the worship service in an unhealthy direction, hindering the growth of God's people and leaving the worship service in want." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: 'His glory is our reward'

    by Joshua Crutchfield, posted Wednesday, June 07, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Christians are not "heavenly real estate brokers," Joshua Crutchfield writes, noting that the focus of the Gospel is far more than an eternal destination; it is God Himself. "Fortunately, we do not have to wait for death to enjoy God," he notes. Read More

  • Music & worship draw focus of Baptist theologians

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, January 05, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (BP) -- A biblical argument for congregational singing, insights for planning worship and a case for multigenerational worship services are among the music-related topics being discussed by Southern Baptist theologians.

    Such topics were featured in at least eight presentations on biblical worship at the most recent meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. At least five of those presentations were given by scholars affiliated with Southern Baptist-related institutions. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Sunday morning expectancy

    by Diana Davis, posted Thursday, November 10, 2016 (one year ago)

    Eagerness and joy can mark your Sunday worship, Diana Davis writes. After all, she notes, "The Lord's Day is approaching, and our great God is worthy of our true worship." Read More

  • Advent rediscovered by Southern Baptists

    by David Roach, posted Friday, December 11, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Late preaching professor Calvin Miller once quipped to Christianity Today that many Southern Baptist churches "probably could hardly spell Advent" in the early 1990s.

    Not so anymore. Read More