One of the most common critiques of church worship music that I hear from Worship Team members (especially from those members who’s personal playlist does NOT include church worship songs) is that the songs are “too easy”. They claim that the songs are boring.
[Previously posted at: polenbandmusic.com] For two years in a row we have had the privilege and pleasure of leading musical worship at the Sonlife D•Con (Disciple-Making Conference) in Orlando, FL. This year it was held at the Bright Center January 9-11. The event was really amazing, challenging, and super life-giving! Nick was not able to [...]
Worship Leaders, Help The People Sing! When you tune in to songs on the radio, what do you hear? Most likely, if you listen to the same radio station for any length of time, you will notice that you hear basically the same songs over and over. This is good! It happens that way on [...]
Musicians, God is Omnipresent -You Are Not Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! (Psalm 139:7-8, ESV) God is Omnipresent. That means that He is present everywhere, all of [...]
I am excited about a new resource that will be hitting the blog every Thursday in 2018. I am calling it "#ThursdayWorshipThoughts". It is hard to believe that I have been leading worship for more than fifteen years! In fact, I was a "Music Director" (though I much preferred the term "Worship Pastor") at a [...]
On Christmas Day 2016 our family recorded a fun little video to email out to friends, family members, and ministry supporters to simply wish them a "Merry Christmas!" Our kids really enjoyed recording the video, and we received quite a bit of positive feedback from many who watched it. So... we decided to do another video [...]
In July of 2015, I spent a week recording a dynamic mother / daughter duo from Oklahoma, Tiffany and Skyler Swihart. They named themselves 2Harts Surrendered and released a really great first CD (“Trusting You”). “Trusting You” was the first full-length album to be recorded and mixed completely in house at Taylor’s Playground Recording Studio. [...]
Yesterday we heard about yet another senseless and tragic shooting. This time the shooting took place in a small church in a small Texas town. As I write this, I understand that 27 people were killed, ranging in age from unborn to 72 (including the Pastor’s precious 14 year old daughter). Many more were injured. [...]
We have officially finished the Whistling Pines 112 in second place. It was a fun day! It is hard to believe that we covered 112 miles on foot in 15 hours. Now it is time to go home and get some sweet rest before church tomorrow!