Category Archives: Worship Arts

Dr. John Hubley :: Worship

“LORD, TEACH US TO WORSHIP!”

Interesting that the disciples of Jesus never asked this. In not making this request, they assumed they could worship on their own, that they had not to learn how to worship. The phrase ‘learning to worship’ sounds strange to us today. If our heart doesn’t overflow and begin to worship by itself, we say, we’ll never ‘learn’ how to worship. But it‘s a dangerous error, very widespread among most Christians, to think that the heart can worship rightly by itself. For then we confuse wishes, hopes, sighs, styles—all of which the heart can do by itself—with true worship. We then confuse earth with heaven, man with God. Worship doesn’t mean simply to pour out one’s heart. It means rather to acknowledge the awesome glory of Christ and to submit to him as Lord, whether the heart is full or empty. No one can do that by oneself. For that he needs Jesus Christ.

When Jesus joins us in his worship of the Father, when we are privileged to worship along with him, when he lets us see the awesome glory of the Father and engages us in his worship, then we are free from vain worship. And that is precisely what Jesus wants for us. He wants to worship with us and have us worship with him, so that we know intuitively that the Father accepts our facedown obeisance to Christ in his vicarious death and resurrection. When our will whole-heartedly enters into Christ’s worship of the Father in the Spirit, he has taught us to worship in spirit and in truth. Lord teach us such worship.

(Liberally adapted from Psalms The Prayer Book of the Bible. Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Minneapolis: Auguburg. 1970.)

John Hubley. Mindheart Foundation, All rights reserved

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National Worship Leaders Conference 2010 :: Registration Give Away!

The National Worship Leaders Conference (NWLC) contacted me and asked me if I could help get the word out about their upcoming Conferences here in 2010. I’ve been deemed an official ‘Conference Blogger’. I’m excited about these conferences and I believe they’re going to be a rich time of hanging out, learning and actually worshiping together.

If you’re in Worship Ministry in a vocational or volunteer capacity, I want to encourage you to be a part of one of these amazing conferences. I can tell you that with the line up of teachers and Worship Leaders they have coming to lead this conference…YOU NEED TO BE THERE! The conference schedules are below and are unique from region to region. EVERY single one of these conferences are going to be jam packed with nothing but amazing.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Here’s the deal, The conference has given me a free Ticket to giveaway to one of their conferences. This is how I’m gonna do the giveaway. The first TEN people that register for either the Southwest Conference in New Mexico or the National Conference in Kansas using the CODE: BloggerBrian you will be 1 of 10 people eligible to win an additional FULL REGISTRATION for Free. Maybe you wanna’ take your wife, maybe another Pastor on your staff or one of the musicians on your team. Also, if you register more than 1 person when you register you’ll get an additional entry in to the hat for the free ticket for each person you pay to register! Make sure to put the CODE: “BloggerBrian” in the box called ‘other’ in the registeration form to ensure you get an entry for the giveaway. Also, leave a comment here that you registered and for what conference just so we can see who is going where.

All the details to register can be found right here: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


Below are the dates and click the image below if you want to see the brochure on the conference!

NWLC Southwest Regional Conference – Albuquerque, NM –  June 15-17

NWLC 2010 – National Conference – Leawood, Kansas – July 20-22

Your Love Never Fails

I’ve recently come to love a song called Your Love Never Fails. It’s such a solid reminder of what the Bible proclaims to us about Gods love. These are some of they lyrics I’m just loving to lead right now. You can catch a great version of this song on Jesus Cultures worship album called Your Love Never Fails.

This video has a sweet little part in it from this past weekend. I got in a pinch over the weekend and called in a favor from an old friend to come play guitar. My friend Mike Eldred is a blues king and can shred him some leads. He’s also the Director of Custom Guitars at Fender, small fish. HA. This past weekend was no exception to his shredding and at the 3rd service during Your Love Never Fails I couldn’t hold back the WOW. HAHA. The guy can just shred and we got lost in it for a minute. We’ve got some AMAZING players here at Cornerstone and they bring exactly what we need every week, but Mike just has this Blues shredding capacity that we really don’t use week to week. So…enjoy his serious shredding and this awesome tune.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the song too!!! Have you heard this tune? Do you like it? Not?

Neue Magazine :: My Article…

I think this would be my first ‘note-worthy’ publication and I’m excited to tell you about it. I was recently asked to write a piece for Neue Resources which is a branch of Relevant Magazine. I was asked to write about why we sing the songs we sing and the importance of such things. Anyways, I’d love for you to read it and hopefully you’ll catch a small glimpse into my small brain on what I think is important as it relates to the songs we sing.

This is a read for everyone, but especially Worship Leaders.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you read too! Hopefully you’ll enjoy! CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE (if it’s to small to read click the page and it will ZOOM in for ya).

Carlos Whittaker :: EP

Today, my good friend Carlos Whittaker’s EP is available for your download and listening pleasure. Carlos, Heather and their family have quickly become some great friends of mine and Promise. We are so excited for Carlos in this new adventure of taking his music to the streets. He’s got an amazing heart for God and people. I think you’re really going to enjoy this worship project. The songs have singable melodies and remind us of Gods love for us and propel the listener to love God more!

At the end of the day when you meet Lil’ Los (Losiah) you won’t be able to resist dowloading Carlos’ new EP. Knowing he’s training this little guy up to know and follow Jesus…well…it’s worth every dollar of the download! Go get the EP on iTunes or wherever and support this amazing new artist and a friend of mine!

Worship: Why We Sing

We are in a new series here at Cornerstone called 3-2-B which, in essence, is a series that’s sort of pointing our church to simple ways to walk closer to Jesus. The ‘3 to be strong’ are Worship, Grow and Serve. We’re talking about this idea and asking the question, ‘what IF every person in our church took a step forward in this season in each of those areas? What could happen? How much more like Christ could we become if we actually matured in our faith? How much could our maturity influence Kingdom capacity?’

This past weekend we talked to the concept of worship. We talked about this idea that worship is the bowing down of our lives in the obedient effort to give God His rightful place in our lives. His rightful place is first and above everything else. Worship is the broad canvas of our lives and there is nothing in our lives that get excluded. Everything is spiritual and everyone has the ability to worship.

As the Worship Leader at a local church I have to be honest to say that there is nothing more frustrating than how we have compartmentalized the concept of Worship to music. Music is but a fiber of what worship really should be in our lives. True worship is the bowing down of our lives in the every decision of our every day.

If you’re like a lot of people though, you may have had a simple yet unanswered question that may be the following: ‘WHY DO WE SING?’ It seems like singing is a foundational element of what we do in our local churches. I think I’ve got a guy that may be able to give you some insights on this question.

I’ve got an AMAZING friend, mentor and theologian in my life that I want you all to get to know. His name is Dr. John Hubley. The guy is an absolute lover of life, people and the Word of God. He has been responsible for taking me to all new places as it relates to my ‘Biblical Interpretation of Worship’. I’ve done everything I can to get this guy on film to capture his wisdom and legacy.

I recently sat down with John to ask him this burning question, ‘WHY DO WE SING?’.

Where there any new concepts or ideas that you learned about WHY WE SING that came out through this video? Do you like to express your worship in song? Do you dislike expressing your worship in song? What does singing mean to you in light of hearing that singing is close to the heart of God?

Tension: ‘The Worship Industry’

I thought this was quite a provoking thought from a great thought leader on the tension of ‘The Worship Industry’. This definitely creates more questions than answers for those of us ‘Worship Leaders’. We can tend to be suckers for the ‘feeling’ and when it’s not experienced there are many things we are quick to blame. I think we are doing ourselves and our communities a disservice when we allow the barometer of our experiences to become an industry of good feelings.

The real art is creating environments that are engaging and yet honest in their every intent. It is quite the tension. I really do think I carry a heart to create environments in which we worship honestly. I love gatherings that allow me/us to live in light of our wins and our struggles/failures. I think we need to expose both with equal value, it’s real life. Honest worship is the lament and the praise. The bowed down low and the lifted high. Recognizing our failures help us know how to celebrate our wins at another level. Recognizing, together, that we’re all in the same boat and life isn’t always a sugar coated treat is so important in our churches. People are sick, people are well, people are winning, people are losing, people fail and people succeed. This is the teeter totter of life and in all things Christ is making a way to bring glory to the Father in our ins and our outs. Following Jesus is not always as easy as we sometimes wish it could be, it’s a journey. It’s a long journey of consistent dependence on Christ, He is the Hope of Glory and we must lean into him in every season.

Worship Leaders: Do you feel like your environments and mindset provide a place for you to break the mold of ‘The Worship Industry’ which has it’s roots in pleasing the consumer? Are you finding it a task to sing things true of the reality of what it looks like to follow Jesus? What songs are you singing that bring out the lament and what songs bring out the praise? Is the art we’re creating really art or are we writing songs to produce the consumer feeling? Is the art we’re offering our communities really art or is it just an attempt at evoking that ‘feeling’ that we like, on one side or the other.

Interesting conversation. Join in!

{HT Jarrett Stevens}