Reading Scripture with Passion

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Many people, including myself, believe that the Word of God is living, breathing, active and powerful. However, you wouldn’t think that, judging by the way Scripture is often read in our assemblies. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard lifeless, dull, monotone public readings. Don’t we believe in the power of the Word? […]

Emotion and Worship

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Photos by Steve Butman — God created us as emotional beings. If you understand true worship, you’ll find it’s impossible to separate your best worship offering from God-given emotion. In considering the duties of a worship leader, many believe their assignment ends after starting a song. Although beginning a song in the appropriate key is […]

Nashville Worship Ministers Migrate

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Pictured from left to right: Randy Gill, Ken Young, Keith Lancaster and Brandon Scott Thomas. Last evening, while Brandon Scott was leading worship for ACU’s Summit, I was reminded of this pictured taken several years ago, while all of us working in Nashville, TN. Now, all four in the picture are serving churches outside Tennessee; […]

“It Is Well With My Soul” with Acappella 1992

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Here’s a video of me leading congregational singing along with Acappella on our tenth anniversary in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Wow – It’s hard to believe that our tenth anniversary was twenty years ago! I sure hope you can join us for our 30th Anniversary, June 30 – July 3 in Nashville, TN at Lipscomb University. There […]

A Busy Day in Lubbock

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I’m blessed to lead worship before Jim McGuiggan preaches again this morning at Sunset in Lubbock. This afternoon, I lead worship for the “Velocity” student rally. A busy day!

Networking with Worship Leaders

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Photo by Spike O’Dell – One of the joys of my ministry comes from having the opportunity to network with worship leaders from across the nation.  Pictured with me is Colby Swann, who serves the Station Camp Church in middle  Tennessee.  Throughout the Praise & Harmony weekend, we were able to explore various ways of […]

Let Our Joys Be Known

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Photo by A’lana Cutshall – Can we sing and smile at the same time? The short answer? If we are happy about what we are singing, we surely can! If this is true, then why do I have such a difficult time in motivating song leaders to smile?  As song leaders “set the tone” in […]

Booker Murphy Leads with Passion

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Photo by Randy Lamp – There are times when Booker leads singing that I believe he, and perhaps the entire congregation, is about to “fly away.” He possesses a contagious energy that drives his leading and inspires others to “join in a song with sweet accord.”

Laurel, Maryland to host Workshop on April 30


Pictured: Minister, Michael Ray with Laurel song leaders. – Sharon and I have been blessed to work with the Laurel Church of Christ on three occasions. One of the visits was solely to work with their song leaders. We are excited to be able to work with this growing congregation. Recently, they have shifted to […]

Full-Time Position to include Worship Leading


Photo by Dave Hogan (taken last week in Singapore) – Summerville Church of Christ, located in Summerville, S.C., near Charleston, S.C. is seeking an experienced degreed man to direct their Education and Life Group ministries as well as lead singing. Follow this link for job description and instructions about submitting inquiries or resume. Point […]


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