I get the chance to be a co-host of catalystbackstage.com this week in Atlanta. I’m joining up with John Acuff, Shauna Niequist and Carlos Whittaker to bring you live interviews with the Speakers and all kinds of behind the scenes stuff at Catalyst this week. This is a little real time conference resource for all of your that couldn’t make it. There’s also rumor that they’ll be streaming a couple of the main sessions. Tune in starting Wednesday starting at 12pm (EST) as we get started and follow along with us through the end of Friday.
Anybody actually going to be at Catalyst this week?
Posted in General, Church Talk
Tagged #cat10, 2010, andy stanley, blogs, brian wurzell, carlos whittaker, catalyst, christian, church, conference info, conferences, directions, faith, john acuff, online, shauna niequist, speakers, spinalcast, 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
For more on John Hubley check him out HERE!
Posted in Worship Arts
Tagged ?, bible, chief, church, community, devotion, devotional, dr., faith, how, john hubley, music, pastor, praise, seeking, seminary, teacher, teaching, theologian, theology, wondering, worship, worship leaders
**WINNERS: (Blog) Michael Bryce Jr., Troy Grover & Javier Rodriguez (Twitter) @r8chelliz & @adamwaynewhite
I’m VERY excited about this new record! John Mark McMillan is one of the more poetic songwriters I’ve heard in the Christian music world. You may not think you know him, but there is a good chance you do. John Mark wrote the brilliantly crafted song ‘How He Loves’ that the David Crowder Band recently covered. Crowder’s version of the song has been all over the radio as of late and churches around the globe are singing the song regularly in their gatherings. Make no mistake that’s a great song but it’s only one of MANY that this guy has written. This record will prove that to you, I’m convinced!
His label, Integrity Record, has given me 5 copies of his brand new record, just released today, to give-away to YOU! I’ll be giving 3 of them away right here on my Blog and 2 of them through Twitter.
It’s pretty simple to ENTER TO WIN! Here’s what you need to do:
Comment: Simply leave a comment on this blog post with your Name, City and State and something random about yourself. Also, make sure to put in the best email for me to reach you as you fill out the comment field. I’ll need to email you if you win.
Twitter: Simply copy & paste the following and send it through your Twitter: Find out how to get a FREE copy of @JohnMarkMc’s brand new album, The Medicine, on @brianwurzell’s blog! http://wp.me/pfZc6-kp
**Winners will be announced on Thursday July 8th**
Posted in Music News
Tagged air1, band, christian, church, creation, david crowder, faith, festival, how he loves, integrity, john, klove, mark, mcmillan, music, new, radio, records, story, summer, tour, tuesday, video, worship
I was so pleasantly surprised to learn of this great little podcast called Frank the Podcast! It’s a humorous, fun and honest dialogue about faith, pop culture, real life and so much more. A couple of my buddies are hosts on the show, T.J. Hill and Darin McWatters. I think you’ll really enjoy this tasty little treat and it’ll keep you laughing through your week. I laugh so hard everytime I hear these cornballs. So awesome. Leave a comment and let me know if you listen and your favorite episode or quote.
Posted in Art and Culture
Tagged "tj hill", blog, catholic, chat, christianity, church, culture, evangelica, faith, frank the podcast, future of forestry, humor, ministry, music, pop, technology, worship
*****Winners of the CD’s for the Blog giveaway are Ed Gould, David Lerner & Mitch Hopewell
*****Winner of the CD’s for the Twitter giveaway were @karlameachem & @jamiewyckoff
Giving stuff away is always fun. This time I get to giveaway a few brand new albums, Ragamuffin Soul, from my good friend Carlos Whittaker. Here’s the deal…It’s pretty simple. There’s a couple ways you can, potentially, win one of the 5 CD’s that Integrity Music gave me to give away to my readers. I say up your chances and enter both ways:
1. I’ll give 3 CD’s away on my blog by just leaving a comment with your City, State (so easy why wouldn’t you!?)
2. I’ll give 2 CD’s away on Twitter. You’ll get in the hat by Twittering the following: Win a Ragamuffin Soul CD by @loswhit. Check out the giveaway on @brianwurzell’s blog! http://is.gd/cgtLT RT if you wanna enter to win!
I’ll do all the giveaways on Friday so check back with me then to see if you’re a winner. Have some fun and get your name in the hat and most of all let’s keep getting the word out about this new record. If you leave a comment on the blog make sure you leave me your best email address as you fill out the comment piece so I can email you for your address, etc… Super easy, hope you win, ready…set…go….
Whether you win or not…go buy Carlos’ new record and support him as he launches out in this new adventure! CLICK HERE
Posted in Music News
Tagged @loswhit, blog, blogging, carlos whittaker, cd, christian, church, faith, free, giveaway, integrity music, mom blogs, music, new, new music tuesday, ragamuffin soul, single ladies, stuff, tour, travel, twitter, worship, worship leaders
This is going to be a great couple of days with a bunch of other Worship Leaders from all over the country. You’ll get to be led in song and teaching by Vicky Beeching, Matt Maher, Israel Houghton, Evan Wickham, Skip Heitzig, Jeremy Riddle and many others.
I’m in the process right now of trying to figure out how to get a group of my team here in AZ out to this event. The pricing through my code ‘BLOGGERBRIAN’ is really great. The airfare on Southwest Airlines from most cities to Albuquerque is pretty reasonable. Please be sure to use the Registration Form below to register and I would register ASAP. Leave a comment and let me know if you’re going to be there too!
Dates: June 15th-17th 2010
NATIONAL WORSHIP LEADERS CONFERENCE WEBSITE
Pricing only found here for Southwest Conference:
Individual = $200, Group of 3+ = $180 and Student Rate (Ages 15-19) = $150 :: all of these are per person
To Download the ‘Registration Form’ in a .PDF —-> NWLC 2010 registration form bloggerbrian
Posted in Church Talk
Tagged 2010, carlos whittaker, Chris Tomlin, church, conference, integrity, israel houghton, leadership, ministry, music, national, national worship leaders conference, new mexico, records, relevant, resources, summer, teams, vicky beeching, worship