True Confessions of a 1st Year Pastor

One year ago today I became a pastor. I stood before God and my congregation and took my ordination vows and was ordained as a pastor. I’m still getting used to being called “Pastor Matthew” (and let’s face it, since most of my congregation knew me for a long time…

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The Future of Contemporary Worship

I think it’s time we consider abandoning the idea of Contemporary Worship in the modern church. This is probably the last thing you ever thought would come from me, especially seeing as I’ve been serving on worship teams and ministry teams to do contemporary worship since 1997 when I was but…

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Designing Worship Slides

I had a request from a friend who is doing slides at his church asking for some guidelines and examples of how we do our slides. I looked around for some articles to send him and, finding none that were quite how we do it, figured I’d write him one.…

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How to Listen to a Sermon

Luke 8:18: Therefore consider carefully how you listen. In my lifetime, I’ve had a chance to listen to thousands of sermons. Growing up going to church almost every Sunday and now working in the church myself for over ten years, countless sermons have been preached for me. I’m sure they…

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Elements of Worship: Confession

John Dowden, the Bishop of Edinburgh in the 1880s said, “We lay down our burdens at the doorway before entering upon the praises of God.” When we approach our holy, mighty and perfect God, we become aware of the sin that we carry. The prophet Isaiah wrote about it in Isaiah…

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