20 Things, Luck, Derrick Rose, and Gratitude


Here are four good YouTube videos I used in our youth worship service yesterday. Kid President is just straight up funny and right on target. I used this at the very beginning of the service to get people to think about things we should say more often and to make the point that worship helps […]

In One Week: Electric Chapel


Several years ago I organized three U2charist worship events at Fourth Church (one of which was covered by the Christian Century). Those were meaningful and fun, but didn’t really appeal to my target audience of youth as much as they did to adults my age or older. Ever since then I’ve been looking for an […]

Have You Ever Participated in an Agape Feast?


In connection to some other related projects, I’m working on an exploration of the Agape feast as a pre-Christendom practice that may well serve certain needs of our post-Christendom context. (More on this later.) I’ve tracked down Agape liturgies in the following worship books: The 1972 Presbyterian Worshipbook The United Methodist Book of Worship The […]

Worship Rorschach

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Yesterday in my Gospel and Global Media Cultures class we did a fascinating exercise that our instructor, Mary Hess, describes in her book Engaging Technology in Theological Education (139-142). Called the “Video Reality Game,” the idea is to watch a series of 3 minute video clips and place each clip on an open ended “reality […]

Pop Music in Worship?


Yesterday I used the preaching style of John Buchanan to think about the idea of listening for God, not only in scripture but also in (other) works of human culture. Today I want to continue that theme by thinking about how we might incorporate pop music into our experience of worship. A few years ago, […]