The David Crowder Band released their final record with the imagination the Crowder band is known for. From the Trans Siberian Orchestra to Johnny Cash to Bill Gaither, the record never ceases to surprise. This is by far the most musically diverse and lyrically diverse David Crowder Band album to date. It's fitting to be their last. What’s it Doing? Context, context, context. Without understanding what Crowder is trying to accomplish on this record, you will be completely lost. For example, in the song “Sequence 1” you’ll hear the lyrics, “Day of wrath! O day of mourning! See fulfilled the prophets' warning, Heaven and earth in ashes burning!” When was the last time you heard that on a Passion album? Thank goodness they spell it out for us in the title! Here we can clearly discover the format: it’s a Requiem Mass. For those who don’t know, a Requiem Mass is a liturgical […]
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The songs we learn in church shape both our musical and theological perspectives on what worship is and what it means for us to join into it. This is especially the case for young worship leaders, and that is why it is crucial to guide those who are cutting their teeth in your worship bands into things that will enable them (and those they lead) to grow into the kind of leaders the church, even your church, will need. So here’s nine basic but solid songs your young band should know, for their sake and those they will lead: How Great is Our God - Well known, simple in chord structure, and one of the few blatantly Trinitarian songs sung in modern worship circles these days. You may see it as overdone, but this song will be sung by the church far into the future. Beautiful - Phil Wickham’s simple, hymnic song […]
Motion Prayers “God's command to ‘pray without ceasing’ is founded on the necessity we have of his grace to preserve the life of God in the soul, which can no more subsist one moment without it, than the body can without air.” ~From A Plain Account of Christian Perfection, as believed and taught by the Reverend Mr. John Wesley, from the year 1725, to the year 1777. Prayer is at the very heart of building our relationship with God. It has taken many forms throughout the centuries. Silent, group, responsive, and intercessory prayers are all varying types that Christians have practiced. Today, it is a pleasure to share with you a new type of prayer, motion prayers. These are videos set to music that allow the viewer to experience a prayer in a very unique way. Viewers can read along as the camera sweeps from phrase to phrase, expressing the journey that one’s […]
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