Saturday, February 6, 2010

Open Your Eyes!

Bob Kauflin has an interesting post about worship leaders needing to open their eyes more when they're leading. His thoughts are interesting and worth reading. But they're not just for leaders. He ends up offering some helpful reminders for what's going on when we're in a corporate worship setting. To whet your appetite, here are some of the possible (bad) reasons for leaders closing their eyes:
* we want to look spiritual
* we think the Holy Spirit likes closed eyes more than opened eyes
* we don’t want to look at the faces of people who seem apathetic, concerned, confused, or angry about what we’re doing
* we’re battling fear of man and the easiest thing to do is just pretend that no one else is around
* we don’t want to see who walks out of the room
* we’re discouraged by the dwindling number of people showing up on Sundays
* we’re imagining that this is our own personal encounter with God
* we don’t remember the words to the next verse
* we can’t think of anything better to do

Not to mention that worship leaders who shut their eyes sometimes look more like they’re in pain than in God’s presence.

I especially like the last one! Also, don't forget about his book.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

If You Don't Want to be Sanctified...

then don't read the biography of Adoniram Judson called To the Golden Shore. If, however, you do want to grow as a Christian, then do not waste another minute. First, buy or borrow this book. Second, read it: for 10 minutes during your quiet time, for 30 minutes instead of Jeopardy, or for the last few minutes of the day as you lay in bed (although this will prove difficult as you get wrapped up into this amazing story of God's faithfulness in sending his gospel from shore to shore!). John Piper also has a short biography of Judson alongside that of William Tyndale and John Paton. Why are you still reading my blog? Go! Buy it!