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We’ve been doing some of his songs for worship at church, so I just tend to assume that means everyone else is doing his songs too.

But if not, let me introduce you all to Kristian Stanfill, another worship leader to… uh… lead you in worship.

About six months ago, we started doing the song “Jesus Paid It All” by this mysterious guy named Kristian Stanfill during worship at church.  It’s a really powerful song, so powerful that it made me think, “Hey, I should get more of this guy’s stuff.”

But then Monday rolled around and I forgot all about him.  That is, until I had my “Too Many Free Downloads” crisis with emusic (read about it here and sign up for a similar experience here).  It was during that crisis, where I was forced to download a few hundred free MP3s within a few weeks, that I remembered Kristian Stanfill and downloaded his EP Hello.

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Delirious? fans should be getting excited – their new album Kingdom of Comfort is due in stores on April 14th, and it sounds really good.

Talking about the album, their MySpace says:

It’s here. Well, almost. The tenth, the boldest, the most personal and least comfortable Delirious album you’ve ever heard. Kingdom of Comfort is the album that bands like this never really make. By now it should be business as usual – working the formula and churning out the classics. But not for Delirious. Kingdom of Comfort is the result of two years of hard times and challenging experiences; of trips to the homes of those whose entire possessions can be packed into a shoebox; of finding life and hope in the darkest of places; of the morning after the five-star dream; of waking up and knowing that life can never be the same again.

The songs I’ve heard so far are really good, getting back to some of the passion and energy that made the band great back in the day.  They really do seem to be born out of deep soul-searching and challenging experiences.

…In other news, Delirious? fans can get 2 free downloads off the new album – God is Smiling and We Praise You – by signing up for free membership with The Living Room. I’m sure you’ll get spammed a little, but I think it’s worth it.  Delirious? promises to keep putting more free stuff up all the time, too – MP3s, videos, photos, and hopefully small Kenyan monkeys.

This article isn’t as old as the last one I posted, but it is from last August.  Check out an interview with Robbie Seay Band on Wrecked for the Ordinary here. The band is one of my favorite worship groups, if you can call them that.  Some of their songs are obviously in the worship category but others are just about life and God.

Anyway, the interview is pretty good, and I especially liked what Robbie had to say about art:

Music is part of art, and art is an expression. And we want to do that to the best of our ability. But also, art is provocative. A good painting should be provocative, and a good song should lead you to something else, tell you a story, push you in certain ways, offend you, or comfort you. I think that when we don’t do that, what’s the point? What’s the point of art that doesn’t move you in a certain way?

I play bass on my church worship team, and last night one of our worship leaders posed a question about what songs we would say are the quintessential praise and worship songs.  He defined a praise song as one you’d clap to and a worship song as one you’d lift your hands to.  I disagree with the distinction between praise and worship as such, because I don’t think it’s in the Bible, but I understood what he was asking.

Anyway, I named off a couple songs that might fit the bill and I realized that, for me, there has to be an experiential connection with the worship.  I want to feel moved in some direction, in a real experiential sort of way.  That’s what defines good worship to me – I’ve gotta feel something.

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I stumbled across this five-year-old article the other day that I thought was interesting enough to pass on.  Perhaps you were on the ball five years ago and you read it way back then, but I was not.

So go read the article, and then come back and read my thoughts.  (For the lazy or overly busy, the synopsis is that techno music wizard Andy Hunter discusses using techno music in a worship setting.)

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Moving on with another post in the Worship Wars…

You may never have heard of today’s artist, Aaron Strumpel, but some of you will be relieved to notice that his name looks a lot like that tasty breakfast delicacy, strudel.  I don’t know about you, but it sure makes me feel better.

Aaron Strumpel is one of those worship guys that you should know.  His songs are simple.  They’re heartfelt.  They’re real.  And they’re catching on with the emergent guys, which means Aaron’s only gonna get more and more popular.

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Welcome to the first post of Worship Wars!

I like to imagine the story that goes along with the picture to the left going a little something like this:

Bob Ross walks into his studio and flips on the normally subdued lighting, only to be blasted back in time by intense rock-star quality stage lights.  He grabs the nearest keytar and lifts his hands in rage.  “Where are my happy little trees?!” he bellows.

Then he wakes up sweating in bed, only to realize it was just a dream.

Bob Ross was the highlight of my childhood.  That is possibly why any white man with an afro is a little closer to my heart.  Perhaps this is the reason that David Crowder has, for a long time, been one of my favorite worship leaders.

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While my head is still spinning (in good ways and bad) from a weekend retreat with our High School students, and my brain is still ticking through thoughts of pulling off a Christian indie festival in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, I thought it would be a good time to take a break from it all and talk about something much more calm.

Something easier.  Something tamer.

Worship music.  As far removed from Pete Townshend smashing his guitar on-stage with The Who as you can get (see pic).  Right?

Wrong.  Man, everybody’s got their opinions on what is acceptable and what is unacceptable when it comes to worship music.  Some swear by hymns.  Others complain if you do anything older than the late 90’s.  Others just want instrumental stuff, while next to them are the guys who cry out that it can’t be worship without words.  Some want everything on-key and beautifully arranged to usher in God’s presence, while others want their worship to be loud, sweaty, and raw.

Anyway, I’m gonna take a few posts (maybe a week or two) and talk about worship music, introduce you to some of my favorite worship bands, and even bring up some worship bands I don’t like who deserve recognition (cuz I’m nice like that).

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Misty EdwardsHere we are on Day Three of “Girls of Christian Indie,” what’s becoming a two-week look at… some girls of Christian indie music.  We’ve already looked at Lori Chaffer and Karen Peris, so today, to switch it up a little bit, I give you Misty Edwards.

Misty Edwards is a worship leader coming out of IHOP (the International House of Prayer, not Pancakes) in Kansas City, not a 3rd grade teacher or a senior airman in Iraq.  In case you were wondering.  (Note: I found these pictures of other Misty Edwardses when I searched for the real Misty Edwards who is featured in this post here.)

Yes, she is a worship leader, and a very good one at that, in my opinion.

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