How to be a Leader When You’re Not the One in Charge

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Being a leader and being in charge are not the same thing. There is a misconception in both Church and secular contexts that being a leader means that you have some sort of title and you’ve been given responsibility for other people. Leadership, however, is simply creating a pathway for other people to follow, and that doesn’t require a job …

“Lord Have Mercy” Live at Christ Church with Jenn Crider

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A powerful spontaneous moment from Christ Church Nashville’s Ash Wednesday service. Every year, Christians around the world burn the ashes from the previous year’s Palm Sunday service and place them on their foreheads as a sign of repentance (See Daniel 9:3-5). On this side of the cross, we can sing “Lord Have Mercy” with gratitude and confidence that He has …

Come Thou Fount – Live on Ash Wednesday

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This past Ash Wednesday, I had the honor of leading worship with the Christ Church Choir in Nashville TN. These men and women truly worship God in spirit and in truth. Ash Wednesday is part of the traditional Church calendar and is observed by millions of Christians around the world as a day of repentance and reflection. It is the …

Song by Song: Do You Hear What I Hear?

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Written during the peak of the Cold War, a time when many Americans feared for the future of their nation (and perhaps the world itself), Gloria Shayne and Noel Regney gave us this beautiful parable, using one of the Wise Men as the backdrop for a story about the Prince of Peace. In this hour, once again, there are many who fear for the future, but take courage! Peace be with you! “The Child, the Child, sleeping in the night—He will bring us goodness and light!”

Song by Song: Humble King

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People inherently love a good rags to riches story. We like tales of humble beginnings that end with success and achievement. Jesus managed to flip the concept on its head and inside out, voluntarily laying aside all the glory of being God in heaven and coming to earth as essentially a nobody. Jesus gave up any kind of earthly glory of His own volition and accomplished more than any other success story in history from the position of a servant.

Song by Song: O Come O Come Emmanuel

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God’s promises don’t expire. Neither do your prayers. Jesus birth came at the end of a 400 year period of silence from God between the Old and New Testaments, a mirror image of Israel’s 400 year time of captivity in Egypt. What do you do when God promises things but they don’t seem to come to pass? You hold on to the promise, because God always keeps His word!

Song By Song: Little Heart Beats

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Earlier this year, I was asked by a pregnancy resource center to be a part of their annual fundraising banquet. I was, at the time, writing for Glory: A Call to Worship at Christmas, and the Christmas story was at the forefront of my mind. I realized that the Christmas story is the most profound pro-life story there is.  By choosing …

Song by Song: Do Not Be Afraid

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I knew when I started writing for this Christmas album, I wanted to have a song that connected Jesus’s birth to His death and resurrection.  The audacity of God’s choice to redeem the world in this way and knowing that He is now with us through the Holy Spirit should give us courage to tackle any obstacle that comes our way! …

Pre-order for Glory: A Call to Worship at Christmas starts today!

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Hi friends! I’m beyond excited to announce a new project that has been nearly a year in the making: Glory: A Call to Worship at Christmas! Pre-orders begin today, and the album will release November 1st.  The album will release on CD, Digital, and a very special premium package that includes hand-painted artwork by my wife Hannah Pickering. Speaking of …

New lyric video for “Come Find Rest”

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I’m really excited to share this new lyric video for “Come Find Rest.”  It features the painting The Good Shepherd by turn of the century American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner, who was the first African American painter to gain international acclaim.  The son of an AME Church bishop, he frequently painted Biblical themes, and his work here is so beautiful that I wanted …