Singing Is Praying Twice

Singing Is Praying Twice

On the book shelf in my office is a gift from a church member and former adult choir member, Frances.  The ceramic plaque reads, “Singing is praying twice.”  It’s an adaptation of a quotation usually attributed to St. Augustine, “One who sings prays twice.” What does...
Learning as a Spiritual Practice

Learning as a Spiritual Practice

What do you do when you are challenged or when you bump up against your own competencies and comfort zone? In January, I had an opportunity to participate in a workshop in New York City. The title of the workshop was “Orchestral Conducting for the Choral Conductor.”...
Is there a third way for worship and music ministry?

Is there a third way for worship and music ministry?

I have been very fortunate for more than 30 years of music ministry to serve good churches where my deep passion and my best gifts were a good fit for the needs of these churches. Each place I served had its challenges, but this was often more about how I had to adapt...
A Letter to Wyatt

A Letter to Wyatt

Dear Wyatt, It was so much fun to get to be in Rock Hill for your first birthday party with your mommy and daddy and big brother, Elijah. It was a very quick 48-hour trip, and I wish I could have stayed longer, but I’m glad we live in a time when I can get on a plane...
What’s Right with the Church?

What’s Right with the Church?

Sometimes a book ends up in your hands at just the right time with just the right words.  Reading that kind of book is like meeting with a mentor or friend.  You read a bit and think. Maybe you write something in the margin.  It becomes a conversation.    A book like...