The Songs of LIBERATE 2015

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We’ll be singing a LOT at LIBERATE 2015, which starts tomorrow here in sunny, warm Ft. Lauderdale. We’re expecting to gather over 2000 people from every state and over twenty countries. In addition to leading a worship workshop tomorrow, my great joy will be to lead music. We’re singing a bunch of gospel-saturated songs, including several from our new EP, Come and Make Us Free, which releases tomorrow at the Conference and Tuesday everywhere else.  Hop on over to LIBERATE … Read More

The Only Two Albums You Need This Christmas

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Sovereign Grace, Prepare Him Room The music of Sovereign Grace always has to be included among the top content out there being written for the modern church. They’ve been doing it for years, and they’ve been committed to engaging lyrics, profound theology, and a dogged Christocentrism. Their new Christmas album, Prepare Him Room, does not disappoint their legacy. In fact, I think the production on this record is some of the finest to date. The instrumentation and melodies are beautiful, … Read More

Headed to the National Worship Leader Conference Next Week!

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I’ll be in the D.C. area next week for the National Worship Leadership Conference. I’ll be leading a song at the open of the worship service on Tuesday night, May 13, and then leading 20 minutes of music around the lunch hour the following day. It’s a brief trip, as I fly in Tuesday and leave Wednesday afternoon, but ff any of you are going and/or in the area I’d love to connect, even if it’s for a brief moment. … Read More

I’m Looking for a Few Good Interns for the Summer

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Hey Web, Coral Ridge has a fabulous program where we host interns from all over the country (and even sometimes abroad) for three months in the Summer. There are internships in all sorts of ministry fields, but I’m looking for one or two interns to partner with our music & worship ministry. Julie Anne Osterhus (my worship assistant, who happens to also have started as an intern a few years ago) and I are cooking up some ideas for the … Read More

FREE New Song for Reformation Day, and the Best Conference on the Planet

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**UPDATE (10/7/13): The song is now available right on this page.  Just scroll down to download!** Happy Reformation! My family and I uprooted our lives in Denver to move to the foreign land of South Florida for one reason: There is a gospel revolution taking place at Coral Ridge, and we wanted in…both for our sake and for the sake of the world.  I’m reminded of this clever description of that Spirit-breathed rediscovery of the gospel half a millennium ago: … Read More

G. K. Chesterton Challenges the Critique that Liturgy is Deadening

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Does repetition inherently lead to boredom? Robbie Castleman asked that question in her fabulous book, Story-Shaped Worship, and then answered it from the pen of G. K. Chesterton: Now, to put the matter [the idea that repetition inherently leads to boredom] in a popular phrase, it might be true that the sun rises regularly because he never gets tired of rising. His routine might be due, not to a lifelessness, but to a rush of life. The thing I mean … Read More

Salvation History in Twelve Easy Songs

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Did You Sneeze? I learned a big German word in seminary that I often throw around when I want to feel self-righteously smarter than other people—heilsgeschichte (pronounced “hiles-guh-SHICKH-tuh”).  Biblical theologians use this word, translated “salvation history,” to talk about Scripture’s meta-narrative—its single plotline traced from Genesis to Revelation.  In my opinion, the best reflections on salvation history zero in on interpreting all of Scripture in light of and through the lens of Jesus Christ (you might be surprised that some … Read More

Anyone Want a Fabulous Worship Leading Job?

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As many of you know, God is calling me away from Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church to take up new residence and leadership alongside the rest of the pastoral team down at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  I begin my post on February 10.  I’m excited about this call, but leaving a church that my family and I love will be hard, and I want to help Cherry Creek as best as I can.  In my remaining, precious … Read More

Headed to the National Worship Leader Conference

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I’m headed to the National Worship Leader Conference in Leawood, KS, this week.  If you’re a part of this blog’s readership and you happen to be going, I’d love to connect.  The best way for that to happen is for you to shoot me an email at zac [at] zachicks [dot] com.  Then we can swap info. I plan on attending a few of the songwriting workshops, a few of the music workshops (particularly electric guitar and keyboard), and anything … Read More

If You’re Going to be in Hawaii at the End of July…

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I’ve been invited to speak, lead worship, and give a concert alongside Dr. Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality at Southern Seminary (Louisville, KY), for the oustanding Waterhouse Lecture Series in Honolulu, HI.  This event is FREE and will be held at OlaNui Church on Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29.  (On Sunday, Dr. Whitney will be preaching and I will lead music over at Waialae Baptist Church…come on down!) If you’re part of my mainland readership and you … Read More