I’ve been reading up on one of our greatest hymn writers, Southampton man Isaac Watts. He is best known for classic hymns like Jesus Shall Reign, O God Our Help in Ages Past, Joy to the World, and perhaps best of all When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, described by… Continue Reading Isaac Watts – Southampton’s greatest hymn writer?
Looking back, I realise it’s been a couple of months since I last gave an update on the book. This is something I aim to do from time to time, so here is the latest: Worship Leading Essentials is now in the hands of an agent, who is busy submitting… Continue Reading Overdue Book News
One of the most inspirational writers on worship is Charles H. Spurgeon, a spiritual giant of the nineteenth century. His sermons were printed in newspapers, and his writings were widely published in books and pamphlets. Although perhaps somewhat dated for most readers today (he died in 1892), here he takes… Continue Reading True Praise is Heart Work
Psalm 71, although not attributed to David, follows a very similar pattern to many of David’s psalms. The writer expresses honestly their many and bitter troubles (v20), and their problems with a range of accusers (v13) and enemies (v10), while being determined to praise God through it all. And the… Continue Reading Constant Yet Variable
I’m continuing to link to the best articles and blogs I find on worship and worship leading, and this piece by Aaron Keyes on weareworship.com is really interesting: https://weareworship.com/learning/articles/7-practical-worship-leading-tips I especially like his suggestion that for each song you choose for Sunday morning, you find three Scriptures that go with… Continue Reading Hydrate on Thursdays!
Reading Psalm 63 and Isaiah 12 today, I was struck again by the theme of water and wells. You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek You; I thirst for You, my whole being longs for You, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1,… Continue Reading David and Isaiah – Wells of Salvation
One of my favourite worship quotes comes from Alex Enfiedjian’s Worship Sets: As the gatekeepers of our church’s “worship vocabulary” we must take caution to make sure that the songs that shape our people’s theology are biblically sound, Christ exalting, and clear! Remember, singing is one of the strongest mnemonic… Continue Reading A Strong Mnemonic Device?
My friend Barney Skrentny spoke recently about the chiastic structure of the book of Philippians. This was a new one to me, and the example of Philippians is quite a complex one. For anyone who’s not familiar with the word “chiastic”, it means roughly that there is a symmetry in… Continue Reading Chiastic Psalm 54
One of the aims of this site is to provide links and connections to great and inspirational material elsewhere on the web. This blog, entitled Leading Stripped Back Worship, was recently posted on the weareworship.com website. https://weareworship.com/learning/articles/leading-stripped-back-worship/ Based in London, Lucy Grimble is a worship leader, musician and songwriter. I… Continue Reading Lucy Grimble’s Blog
I read this psalm recently and these verses just leapt out. I must have read the passage many times before, but I’m not sure I had really read it. I mean I’m sure I understood that God was looking after me or something! But there’s so much in these two… Continue Reading Psalm 18:1-2