Worship Leader Magazine’s 20 Most Influential Worship Albums – Reflections

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Worship Leader Magazine – January 2012 IssueThe most recent issue of Worship Leader Magazine released their list of the top twenty most influential worship albums of the last twenty years.  Many of the album-mentions include articles of reflection and appreciation written by other worship leaders and songwriters in the mainstream worship music industry.  The list is interesting and worth some analysis.

New Christmas Songs for Modern Worship (Old Hymns, New Music)

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For this Christmas season, or if you’re thinking ahead to the next, here are some modern worship style Christmas songs.  They’re great historic hymns that we’ve set to new music which carry Advent/Christmas themes.  They aren’t “updated” standard Christmas carols.  They’re old hymns that modern worship has all but forgotten.  But they’re worth reviving, and here they are:    All Ye Gentile Lands Awake lyrics | mp3 | chord chart | lead sheet | video tutorial | about All Ye Gentile Lands Awake by Zac Hicks + Cherry … Read More

Worship Songs Need to Be More About God’s Love for Us, Not Our Love for God

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Bobby Gilles reminded me of this truth recently: Worship songs should say far more about God’s love for us and far less about our love for God.  Certain strains of modern worship are prone to what some call “triumphalism”…the “I can do it,” “I give it all,” “I will live my whole life for You,” “I’ll love You forever,” “I’m running after You,” etc.  This language is not all bad. 

Without Our Aid, Promo Video, Plus a Ton of Free Resources

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WITHOUT OUR AID IS HERE!

You can get the latest album from Zac Hicks + Cherry Creek Worship in a variety of ways.  We’re making it awfully easy to get the album.

*Digital orders on our Discography Page

*Digital & Physical Orders – Bandcamp

*Digital Orders – iTunes

*Digital Orders – Amazon

FREE RESOURCES

Read all about the album here.  (production, style, art, vision, etc.)

Get FREE chord charts, lead sheets, tutorials, and more here.

Album Release Concert – 9.11.11 – Denver, CO

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Zac Hicks + Cherry Creek Worship(with special guest, Chris Martin)Sunday, September 11, 6pm (5:45 doors)Cherry Creek Presbyterian ChurchFree admissionFree childcare for children 5 and under FOR THOSE OF YOU IN THE DENVER AREA: The band and I are releasing our second album, Without Our Aid — a rich and energetic modern worship record of old hymns to new music.  Come ready to listen, sing along and hear some stories about how some songs came into existence.  It will be loud, … Read More

The Puritan Take on Good Preaching

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In a recent post, I highlighted the fact that worship discussions throughout church history were based more on theology than pragmatics and how the reverse seems to be true today.  More narrowly, the same can be said of preaching, as well.  One of the hallmarks of the Protestant Reformation was the rediscovery of the preached Word as a means of grace.  A fresh wind of the Holy Spirit inspired new generations of preachers to bring the Word of God to … Read More

Holy Week: What Happened, and Resources for the Journey

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What happened on each day of holy week?  Though we can’t know with solid precision, we can get awfully close.  Justin Taylor has put together a nice, clean, harmonized, and biblically-centered approach to making this week meaningful for reflection (so click on each day for a more full account). SundayMatthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-15Jesus, at the Mount of Olives, sends two disciples to secure a donkey and a cold; makes his “triumphal entry into Jerusalem; weeps over … Read More

A Significant Achievement in Bridging the Hymns Movement and Mainstream Modern Worship

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Last Friday, the worshiptogether.com blog gave away a beautiful re-tuning of the famous Wesley hymn, “And Can it Be.”  Worshiptogether is the unifying umbrella-brand under which almost all the major heavy-hitters in mainstream modern worship reside.  Besides the fact that this version of “And Can it Be” is very tasteful and inspiring (I’ve heard some that don’t quite hit the mark), there is a bigger story behind this track.  It is a part of an entire album called Love Divine, … Read More

Sorry to Burst Your Bubble: Liturgy Doesn’t Mean “Work of the People”

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that “liturgy” means, “the work of the people.”  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said it myself.  I, for one, won’t ever be saying it again.  The reason for this is a test case in why linguistics, history, and etymology are important disciplines. Here’s what Nicholas Wolterstorff1 has taught me: As almost every book on liturgy points out, the English word “liturgy” is simply the transliteration of the Greek … Read More