An Open Letter to the Other Side of the Aisle: a meditation on John 4

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“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. (John 4:19-22)

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #239 — Powerful Drummer Boy Dance

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So, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this CHRISTmas dance to The Little Drummer Boy! First, Mickye Castillo’s Freedom in the Dance (FITD) Ministry is a powerful and anointed dance ministry out of Dallas, so that alone tells you this will be good!! But then…. they added a drum corps to the dance!!

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #235 — Pastors’ Day Off

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S x cookie famI’m going to jump up on a soapbox a bit today. As a preacher’s kid and having been involved in pastoral ministry myself, I want to speak to Sabbath rest and family time for your pastoral, ministerial and church staff at the holidays.

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #211 — Arts Ministry & More!

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National Book MonthNational Book Month is winding down! And we have THREE books—all for artists and creatives in church ministry! I know many creatives feel like the church has let them down, but these books help artists AND pastors walk through the process of starting a worship arts ministry together. All three make a strong case for the use of arts in our churches. Here they are and what others are saying about them!

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #197 — Many Books of Matt Redman

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National Book MonthOctober is National Book Month, so I’ll be continuing to post links to books for creative Christians and artists all month!

Matt Redman has a BEaUtiful heart of worship and so much wisdom to share as a “veteran” of the modern worship movement.Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 7.28.20 PM

In addition to many songs to his credit, he has written more than a half dozen books on worship, including The Unquenchable Worshipper and Face Down. You can explore his book offerings on his website at www.mattredman.com. There are excerpts of all books available to read there so you can preview them before you decide to buy.

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #182 — Experiential Worship

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National Book MonthFor National Book Month in October, the rest of September and all of October we will focus on books for creatives, artists and worshipers!

Screen shot 2014-12-16 at 5.05.35 PMExperiential Worship: Encountering God with Heart, Soul, Mind & Strength by Bob Rognlien is a must-read for pastors, worship leaders and creative arts ministry leaders and its companion book, The Experiential Worshiper: Giving Yourself More Completely to God, a must-read for all others! As a worship leader myself, this book has been foundational to the way I do ministry!

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #132 — Church Stage Design Ideas

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Church Stage Design Ideas is a website filled with creative inspiration for churches, ministries and worship events. There are design ideas for all types of settings, stages and budgets. Sets for youth and children’s ministries too! Lots of pictures, instructions and idea sharing. Continue reading