Paris and Thanksgiving

November 25, 2015

I just returned from a few days in Paris. After a grand celebration of our Dutch worship album in Holland and Mission Worship in England, I decided to...

Le Bataclan

November 16, 2015

As I was driving to the airport on a rainy Seattle day, I received a text message from my daughter who is studying in Paris. It simply said “I’m in my apartment and I’m okay”...

Glorieux – New French Worship CD

July 12, 2013

We are thrilled to share with you the release of “Glorieux”, our second worship CD entirely in French...

Leadworship Workshop Feedback

This spring we hosted several Leadworship Workshops. Thousands of worship leaders and team members have joined us for these 24-hour “up close and personal” worship intensives. Allow me to share some of their comments with you...

You've Got Mail

God is always speaking to us. The question is, "How clear is our connection?"...

Guitars, guitars, guitars

Growing up outside of Philadelphia, I used to sit in dark, crowded basements of many local bands to watch them practice. Night after night I would observe...

"Ladies and Gentlemen, The Beatles!"

"Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles!" shouts Ed Sullivan. Immediately the audience of mostly teenage girls begin to spontaneously combust into deafening applause, lifting of hands, jumping up and down,...

Paul Baloche’s “Open the Eyes of My Heart”

In the opinion of acclaimed songwriter Paul Baloche, the best songs are not the ones that are crafted purposefully through human skill, they are the ones that are birthed out of a heart naturally overflowing with praise

Above All - Story behind the song

Above All by Paul Baloche and Lenny Leblanc. Crucified laid behind a stone You lived to die rejected and alone Like a rose trampled on the ground You took the fall and thought of me Above all.

Let's Change The World

Because of our modern means of travel and communication the world has grown smaller. The musical worship...

Send In The Subs

Do you ever find yourself picking up your guitar and playing the same old chords that you’ve been playing for years? Maybe it’s time to change up the batting order and send in some substitutes.

Five Tips for Leading Worship When Tragedy Strikes

These days it seems like every other week there’s a breaking news crisis that sends shocking images to the front pages,...

Worship In Times of Sorrow

Some of the hardest yet most inspiring times of worship occur during funerals. The raw emotions of sadness and loss are mixed with a sense of hope and eternal perspective...

Ministry, Money and Motivation

Almost 20 years ago we hit a crossroads. My wife and I were living in an apartment outside of philadelphia with a new baby. She worked at red lobster in the day while I stayed home with our daughter.

5 Caricatures of a Worship Leader

Worship leaders have a position that requires a great deal of sensitivity. Because of that, one of the most important skills to apply is prayerful self-examination of our stage-time...

Dwell

Psalms are the vocabulary of worship. For years I have practiced “singing the Psalms and praying the songs.” This concept is modeled after the Old Testament Levites...

It's Time to Take Back The Beach

I had been in Holland and decided to take some time off at the end of the conference. My wife and I headed south and watched as the flat countryside of Belgium and northern France passed us by...

Walkdowns

Walkdowns describe the bass movement in a song, creating interest and emotion. A “one chord” with the root in the bass makes the listener feel “at home”. But a “one chord” with the third or the fifth in the bass is a totally different animal,

Twelve Keys to Unlock Writer’s Block

We all have times when music flows freely. And we all have times when “the heavens are as brass” and we just can’t seem to break through spiritually...

Twelve Tools to Make Your Job Easier

Here are some tools that can help every songwriter. You can write without any of them, of couse, but they make your task easier...

Let’s Get Together and Write a Song

Sometimes you just have to face facts: Let’s suppose you’ve done everything you could. You’ve listened, analyzed and written and rewritten and rewritten...

Beware Of Stage

Within our American Idol/Rock Star culture, often the goal is all about having--and keeping--the spotlight. As Christians, we belong to a least-is-the-greatest kingdom...

1000 Guitar Chords!

Have you ever bought one of those books entitled “1000 Guitar Chords!” or “2,347 Guitar Chords” or “5,678 Essential Guitar Chords!!!”? I have...

Winter Walkdowns

Shortened snippets of daytime sunshine, the early arrival and late departure of night’s darkness and a more-than-modest chill in the air foretell the winter season. Be not dismayed, my fellow guitar players.

The Heart of Excellent Worship

This Sunday morning montage creates a mood that somehow overwhelms the heart of worship and replaces it with the heart entangled with the realities of every day life. But you have a job to do, and it’s almost time to do it...

Passion’s Place in Faith

It’s no surprise in today’s culture that the media is driven by passion. One look at movies and music today will show that the angst and cry of a broken heart will sell far more than a rational understanding or portrayal of the world...