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Michael Smith
Franklin, Tennessee
Interests: Worship, Leadership, Fitness
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Mar 15, 2010
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Thanks Tim...adding the part-time staff is a great idea.
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Scott, Thanks for the comments. I too agree the interpretation of the criteria can cause heated discussion. From experience the last two points would cause the most discussion because those opinions could be based on demographics, traditions and musical tastes. With that in mind I still believe you can use the criteria listed to choose songs that would engage a congregation into the conversation of worship.
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Hale, By reading your comments I think we agree on more than we disagree. - The message is clear It is my role as a worship pastor to make sure that we never compromise the message. Sure there will be some songs in which the theology is deeper than others. If the message is not understood by everyone that may cause those who don't understand to ask questions. - the music does not distract Recently someone commented to me on a worship team they recently heard where the singers were very good but their command of the music and ad-lib around the melody was distracting and even mask the message. The music is a language of its own, but I believe that even in a strictly instrumental presentation the words are implied. - the congregation can sing it Worship is a verb, therefore I want the congregation to be able to participate. We should not have to dumb down the melodies to make sure everyone can participate, however, we must be willing to give the congregation time to grasp the more complicated.
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Brian, Great comments. when I was compiling the list I had initially included a another line having to do with culture; something like "culturally acceptable." However, I think if used with wisdom we can determine in our respective cultures if the 'music style' would distract from the message. What would be distracting in one of the venues on our campus would be totally distracting in another. The same could be said of the our worship spaces versus ones in another part of our state; not to mention another part of the country or world. I appreciate the comment and the dialog.
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Brett, Thanks for the comment on this blog post. Sometimes I think we make the criteria we use to plan services way to complicated. I hope you noticed the comment by Brian above it is very good. I also responded to his thoughts. Michael
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Thanks for comment and for the question. You were not the only one to ask this question so I have decided to post another blog tomorrow that will give some thoughts on preparing a 'seasonal' choir to lead worship. Look for this new post.
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Jeff, This reference to musical things is the first traceable history of anything musical. The early manuscripts of this text are the oldest of any other mention of instruments. My first semester music history test was one question and it started like this: outline music history from Genesis 4:21 through Bach.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2009 on Genesis 4:21 at Out of Context God
Hale, Thanks for the comments. Your thoughts can help people better understand the seriousness of eating healthy. The point of the post was to encourage persons to think about what they eat. Hopefully I have done so. Michael
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I am glad you joined the conversation....great follow-up questions.
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glad you had a great time...30 years, way to go!
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great post Randy, the days with our parents are becoming fewer, glad you had this time with your dad.
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