Sam Hamstra, Jr.

Guest blogger Sam Hamstra Jr. is an affiliate professor of worship and church history at Northern Seminary (Lombard, Illinois), as well as founder and leader of ChapterNext, a Chicagoland-based pastor search firm and church consultancy dedicated to helping congregations open new chapters of dynamic and life-transforming ministry. A veteran pastor, worship leader, and musician, he is also author of Principled Worship: Biblical Guidelines for Emerging Liturgies (Wipf and Stock, 2006) and What’s Love Got to Do with It?: How the Heart of God Shapes Worship (Wipf and Stock, 2016).

Blogs by this author:

  • When we gather each week, we participate through thick and thin practices. We benefit from both and both play important parts in the liturgy. But given a choice between the two, choose thick.

  • While few of us spend much time in the Old Testament book of Leviticus, when we do we discover an exciting truth: our God loves to party. In fact, he prescribed three seasonal festivals of worship and remembrance for his people.