Nathan Drake serves as the worship coordinator for Christ's Church in St. Louis, Missouri.
Articles by this author:
- Retuning Traditional Songs for Contemporary Worship
Last week I was asked to lead worship at a small church plant. It was a young church where I, a 31-year-old, would be one of the older attendees. So I looked through my song list and choose three songs that would be fitting for the night before Easter. I wasn’t looking for any particular kind of song; just songs that conveyed the message of the cross and that might be familiar and singable with this group. It wasn’t until after I picked out the songs that I realized all three were hymns.
- Introducing the Minor Prophets in Worship
Some parts of the Bible tend to get all the spotlight—the gospels, Paul’s letters, the psalms, Genesis, Isaiah. But it’s rare that we hear the names of Nahum, Habakkuk, or Obadiah on Sunday morning. The 12 books known as “the minor prophets” are often left out of the worship rotation because of the harsh nature of the words and ideas they contain.
- When I was growing up, my mother purchased a book by Robert Short titled The Gospel According to Peanuts. It was unique for its time, because it looked at the gospel through the eyes of the cartoon characters created by Charles Schulz.
More recently Jeffery Archer wrote a book titled The Gospel According to Judas. Like Short, Archer sought to give insight to the gospel by looking at it in a new way: this time through the eyes of the disciple who betrayed Christ.