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Pitchfork and Pentecostals

November 21, 2013 9:18 AM

"It would be awesome if this band just ditched their set list and played Bowie's “Hunky Dory” instead." That was my suggestion. I was standing in a crowd of thousands at the Mecca of indie music, the Pitchfork Festival....

Worship Through a Child's Eyes

July 28, 2011 12:00 AM

Back in college my professor of American religion gave us an interesting assignment. We had to visit a number of local churches, sit in their sanctuaries, and write down our observations of the spaces. Based on these observations, we...

Should Worship Leaders Talk or Just Sing?

March 18, 2011 12:00 AM

Friend of Ur, Carlos Whittaker (@loswhit), has sparked a helpful conversation on his blog Raggamuffin Soul. Should worship leaders talk between songs, contribute to the teaching within the gathering, and tell stories to draw the congregation toward God? Or, should...

Angry Preachers or Gospel Musicians?

November 19, 2009 12:00 AM

There wasn’t much that could have distracted me on the way to the train station on a recent Saturday evening. After two days at an outdoor music festival—in the rain one day and under the blazing sun the next—I wanted...

Discovering and Escaping Liturgy

April 3, 2009 12:00 AM

For years I served on the staff of a megachurch with a very contemporary style of worship. We had a state-of-the-art sound system, large video projection screens, pop-rock music, and a sophisticated lighting system. The worship services were programmed to...

Out of Context: Rick Muchow

August 7, 2008 12:00 AM

"The fact is that secular music speaks to people--seekers, unchurched, and churched alike ... because many secular songs articulate universal human needs. The reason so many songs are written about love is because it's a universal desire, and one...

Cartoon: Church Pirate

June 15, 2008 12:00 AM

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Live from Shift: Switchfoot Podcast

April 11, 2008 11:19 AM

For the third podcast recorded here at Shift, we sat down with Switchfoot band members Drew Shirley and Jerome Fontamillas. In it, Drew and Jerome discuss the ways in which they've seen student culture change over the past 10...

Live from Shift: Thursday Night Experiences

April 11, 2008 11:12 AM

The second day of Shift 2008 ended with the Thursday Night Experiences, aimed at having the conference extend beyond just what happens in main sessions and breakouts. To start the night, everybody began together in the main auditorium for...

Disposable Worship: a caution about using too much technology in worship

April 6, 2006 12:00 AM

Last month I attended a "worship experience" that included smoke machines, lasers, digital graphic projections, and more flat panel screens than I could count. Technology is changing the way we worship, but what are we losing as a result? David...

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