“There are things I’ve done that need to be forgiven, but I’m still learning how to ask. Because the virus in my veins has been contained by this inherited mask, and I’d rather be exposed to what is killing than to hide from what’s to blame -Let me lift my brother’s cross, let me mourn for what it cost, and feel the magnitude of loss in every name. George, Breonna, Ahmaud. All beloved of God.”

A White Man’s Lament for the Death of God’s Beloved by Andrew Peterson.¹

No different from you, I, too, receive those weekly notes and…


Suppose you have spent any time in Christian circles. In that case, you potentially are familiar with the theology regarding One God in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This Trinitarian theology¹ is Biblically supported, beginning in Genesis 1:2: “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters,” and all three persons of our triune God are to be revered, worshiped, and glorified.

As an itinerant worship artist, I’ve witnessed multiple Christian liturgies with a consistent firm emphasis surrounding God, the Father, and Jesus, the son, in the various worship locations that I have visited…


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The term worship leader was fresh and new in the region of Appalachia, where I grew up. For most of my formative years in the church, men and women called song leaders led the service’s musical portion. Congregants often requested songs from the pews, and everyone turned those blue tattered hymnals’ pages to sing refrains echoed out for years before us. As the call of God to lead worship became evident, I didn’t even know where to begin in planning. …


Dating back to the first century, Christianity centers on the person and work of Jesus Christ. Throughout scripture, we learn about who Jesus is and what He has done, and the Church centers its theology and practices on Jesus’ teachings. Two of those teachings are baptism and The Lord’s Supper. These two acts (which are called ordinances) are carried out with tangible signs connecting us to the person and work of Christ.

You may be reading this and asking yourself: “What is baptism?” Baptism is the public proclamation of our identity in Christ. Acts 2:37–41 reads, “When they heard this…


Not too long ago, my wife, a worship pastor, was in our local grocery store and was cornered by an angry congregant wanting to discuss the worship styles we utilized in our corporate worship. The conversation ebbed and flowed between insults and random “if only so and so would come back,” ultimately ending with, “Congratulations, you have ruined my beloved church!” Although these words may seem like a flippant bad day “one-off” conversation, I believe they represent a thread of poison craftily weaved into the DNA of many local churches. James 4:1 says, “What is the source of wars and…


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Ash Wednesday is a day in the Christian liturgical calendar wherein quantified attention is given to our heart’s restoration to the mercy, love, and grace of God. Although a sobering day, Ash Wednesday’s purpose is to reorient our humanity to our sinfulness and places us once again at the feet of Jesus. Serving as a reminder that even though we convince ourselves that we rule supreme within our human-made/artificial kingdoms and domains, we are still dust, and to dust, we will return. (Genesis 3:19)

Through the gates of Ash Wednesday, we enter into the second cycle of the church year…


I have found myself in some exciting churches over the years. The theology within these buildings has ranged from eye-opening to depressing while typically embracing the fullness of Jesus. Consistently, however, many of these Christian gatherings seem to leave congregations spiritually hanging in the balance surrounding the fullness of the Trinity. Many Christians proclaim a Trinitarian theology, yet our churches seem to struggle to incorporate this theology into weekly liturgies, leading us to wonder whether Trinitarian theology is an archaic response to God or an actively shaping component needed in worship gatherings. …


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Nearly everyone enjoys music; however, as worship leaders, we know that not everyone loves the music we lead in our various churches. Multiple lobby conversations take place over preference; passionately delivered by armchair musicologists and theologians turned into skeptics who claim musical skill is missing in our gatherings and that Biblical instruction is null and void during our musical worship celebrations. As we break down these dynamic interactions, a common question remains: “What has happened to theology?” Have our musical moments in worship become “rock concerts” leading to a dumbed-down liturgy masked by lights, fog, and electric guitar solos?

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You are God, high, lifted up, majestic. As we say, “Yours in the kingdom, the power, and the glory . . . forever.”

You are high and lifted up; it dazzles us that You work Your will through such human agents as David, the runt of his family, almost left behind and forgotten, and You called him to power and obedience and success.

You are high and lifted up; it staggers us that You have worked Your will through this Jesus of Nazareth, He of no pedigree, He of no form or comeliness, He who emptied Himself in obedience; and…


Christmas is often a magical time of the year when miracles happen, hearts are softened, and the pure love of Christ elevates above the rumble of the world around us. On this Christmas Eve, it is our duty and delight to prepare ourselves to hear the message of the angels again. With joy, we go in heart and mind to Bethlehem, see this thing which is come to pass, and the Babe lying in a manger.

Luke 2:1–20: During those days, the Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus, ordered that the first census be taken throughout his empire. (Quirinius was the governor…

Jeremi Richardson

Husband to Amy | Dad to Ariah, Shalom, and Noa | Worship Pastor Cherry Hills Community Church | Studio Vocalist and former member of CCM group, Avalon.

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