Ep 51: Pastor Dan Leman on rural ministry, being a young pastor, and getting beyond the worship wars

Three years ago my long time friend Pastor Dan Leman and I sat down to have a long chat about the Church's worship. Dan is the lead pastor of Faith Evangelical Free Church in Germantown Hills, Illinois (http://faithefree.net/). It's taken a while, but I am finally sharing our conversation. The main point of our talk is "What exactly is the point of us meeting together to worship?" We go in-depth into that subject, while also discussing Dan's context as a rural pastor, and whether or not he gets respect being a "young" pastor. Last winter Dan and I had another podcast episode which you can view here. That time the topic was sex...

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10 Epically Long Delirious Songs

As I continue to highlight my recent interview with Stu G, I have decided to share one more list of Delirious? songs with everyone. You can listen to the interview here:

As a fan, over the years I came to expect a few basic things from a new Delirious? album:
1.) a song or two for my church to sing during worship (which didn't happen much towards the end, to be honest).
2.) some killer guitar work from Stu G.
3.) incredible pop/rock anthems
4.) stellar vocal work from Martin Smith, and
5.) at least one epically long song


SERMON: The Rhythm is Gonna Get You—Sundays: Word & Table

Last week, (through Fr. Gregg) we spoke of primary rhythm of life:
resting and working
working from out of rest
Sabbathing and laboring
abiding and going out
being pruned back and growing in fruitfulness

Back and forth the rhythm goes...like a pendulum...


10 Delirious? Songs Of Pure Pop/Rock Genius

Last week I got to interview Delirious? guitarist Stu G about his new album, book, and film, called Beatitudes. You can listen to the interview here:

It is also worth noting that Delirious? frontman and songwriter Martin Smith has a new band called Army of Bones and they just put out their new album. They are definitely worth a listen. Here are all of their associated websites:

In honor of these Delirious?-related projects I've decided to pay homage to one of my all time favorite bands by looking back at their best tracks. My first article featured 8 songs where Stu G "melted our faces off," and this current article will feature 10 tracks of pure pop/rock genius from Delirious?


8 Times Stu G Melted Our Faces Off

Yesterday I posted the 50th episode of the PostConsumer Reports podcast featuring an interview with Stu G on his new Beatitudes project. You can listen to that episode below, subscribe to the podcast on itunes or subscribe on any of a number of podcast apps

Yesterday was also Stu G's birthday and in celebration of his work as a guitarist and artist I wanted to offer 8 great moments from Stu's time with Delirious? I'm calling this "8 Times Stu G Melted Our Faces Off." I have selected one track from each of Delirious?'s albums whose guitars were worthy of that title. I have to admit, I could easily have selected about 5 tracks from each album, but in my opinion these are some of the most face-melting-off guitar tracks from Stu G's career. Enjoy the trip down memory lane or enjoy getting to know one of our great rock guitarists.

"I'm not Ashamed" from Cutting Edge
For those of us who grew up in the church, something just felt different about this mysterious British band who use to call themselves "the Cutting Edge Band". Sure, they sounded an awfully lot like U2, but it also seemed like they were working out their musical voice. "I'm Not Ashamed" isn't the heaviest song in their catalogue but there is a raw, desperate intensity to it, all of which is amplified by Stu G's guitar work in the second half of the song.


Ep 50: Stu G from Delirious on the Beatitudes Project

Stu G became known as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the revolutionary worship band Delirious? but after years of touring with other artists and logging lots of time as a studio musician, Stu finally decided to take on a passion project long in gestation: a multimedia work based off of The Beatitudes, the opening words of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. It started out as a set of songs but then soon grew into a book and a film, all based in Jesus' bold proclamations of blessing for God's people. So, we're celebrating the 50th episode of PostConsumer Reports Podcast with a landmark interview. I talk with Stu G about the scope of his Beatitudes project as well as about his time in Delirious? You can purchase the album here and the book Words From the Hill here, or you can find out more about the project at Stu G's various websites 

Please check out the end of this article for other recent interviews with Stu G, as well as other PostConsumer Reports podcast episodes and articles related to worship and Church culture.

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Ep 49: Doug Chu on White Churches, Multicultural Worship, and the Asian-American Experience

Today's episode features and interview with Doug Chu on multicultural worship, the Asian-American experience, and a segment I like to call "I wish white churches would..." Doug was kind enough to play along. Doug is a musician and worship leader based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a volunteer worship team leader at Madison Square Church's Ford campus. An American-born Chinese, Doug was raised in Singapore. As a worship leader, his interests include multicultural worship for congregations seeking racial reconciliation and the intersection of charismatic and liturgical worship.

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Related Podcast Episodes:
Episode 47: Dr. Lester Ruth on the history of Contemporary Worship
Episode 26: Zac Hicks author of The Worship Pastor
Episode 07: Pastor Luke Edwards on "why churches should stop giving stuff away"
Episode 11: Thom Blair on the Hebrew English Interlinear O.T. and Logos Bible Software
Episode 33: Author Michelle Van Loon on the Church Calendar

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Ep 48: Ted Yoder at the Gebhard Woods Dulcimer Festival

Ted Yoder is a recording artist, composer, and hammered dulcimer player. He's released five albums, has another one on the way, and regularly tours the country playing concerts. Ted Gained much acclaimed when his cover version of Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" became a Facebook Livestream sensation. I sat down with Ted after his concert at the Gebhard Woods Dulcimer Festival in Morris, Illinois. The beginning of the episode features a brief interview with Peggy Peryam, one of the organizers of the festival and herself a musician, teacher, and dulcimer player. You can find Ted's music and tour dates at: www.tedyoder.com and you can find info about the dulcimer festival at: http://www.gebharddulcimer.org/

Peggy mentioned a number of other musicians in her interview. Each of their websites can be found here:

Finally, Ted Yoder was greatly influenced by the artist Rich Mullins. Check below for links to the new Rich Mullins: Between the Songs Podcast and other PostConsumer Mullins episodes, including Mitch McVicker, the EMT Pam Destri, Joe Cook of the Ragamuffin Archive, David Leo Schultz of the Ragamuffin movie, and Caleb Kruse who wrote the book Meeting Rich

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Rich Mullins: Between the Songs—Episode 1: Introduction and Jimmy Abegg on the Be God's Project
David Leo Schultz on Directing Ragamuffin
Pam Destri—The EMT called to the accident that took the life of Rich Mullins
An Interview With Mitch McVicker
Caleb Kruse on Meeting Rich
Joe Cook of the Ragamuffin Archive
So...They Made a Movie About Rich Mullins...
Interview--Reed Arvin: Recording Rich Mullins' 
A Liturgy, A Legacy, and A Ragamuffin Band — Interview With Reed Arvin


Ep 47: Dr. Lester Ruth on the history of Contemporary Worship

Episode 47 features an interview with Dr. Lester Ruth on the history of contemporary worship in the Church. The research professor Christian worship at Duke Divinity School, Dr. Ruth co-authored his new book Lovin' on Jesus: A Concise History of Contemporary Worship with Dr. Swee Hong Lim, assistant professor of Sacred Music at Emmanuel College in Toronto. Our interview covers numerous topics related to contemporary worship, including differences how "Mainline" and "Pentecostal" churches do contemporary worship, some of the little known figures in the early contemporary movement, and whether or not we have made music into a sacrament in contemporary worship. You can find Dr. Ruth's personal page here: https://divinity.duke.edu/faculty/lester-ruth

You can purchase Lovin on Jesus at Amazon or Cokesbury.

Check below for a list of PostConsumer Reports articles on worship and liturgy, as well as an hour long seminar taught by Dr. Ruth on the subject of the new book.

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Ep 46: Artist Quinton Thomas

Quinton Thomas is a Peoria, Illinois based artist. His work is a convergence of numerous influences all at once, creating a blossoming artistic vision all his own. Our conversation covers his upcoming show at the gallery Ear in the Envelope, various possible interpretations of his work, and our thoughts on the new TV show Dear White People. You can find images of his work on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Quinton2017/ and on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/Qthomas1990/ Below are posted numerous examples of Quinton's work, many of which came up in our conversation. For info on purchasing his original works or prints of his works, please contact Quinton at: qmct1990@gmail.com

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