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National Worship Leader Conference

By Mark D. Roberts | Friday, July 25, 2008

First, a word of explanation. Many of you have emailed me, asking me to get back to my series on the PCUSA. I will do that. But I should explain that this is my “high season” at Laity Lodge, with several retreats almost back to back. Last week it was J.I. Packer and Terry Hargrave. This week it’s Earl Palmer and John Medina. Next week it’s Lauren Winner and Tod Bolsinger. So I’m pretty swamped these days. I will get back to the good ol’ PCUSA, I promise. But please be patient.

Plus, earlier this week I was speaking at the National Worship Leader Conference sponsored by Worship Leader Magazine. This was an outstanding conference, and I was pleased to be part of it. Here are a couple of photos from the first evening’s main session.

matt redman leading worship

Matt Redman is leading worship for the conference, which met at the Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas. Matt, apart from being an outstanding songwriter, is a humble and effective worship leader.

Paul Baloche David Baloche leading worship

After the evening speaker (Skip Heitzig), Paul Baloche led another worship set. Joining him in the band was his son, David, who is pictured in the background. Paul is one of the most influential worship songwriters in the world today (for example, “Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord”). One of the songs he used on Monday evening was “Hosanna,” which he co-wrote with Brenton Brown. This is a fantastic song, and can be found on Paul’s album called A Greater Song. If you’re interested, here’s a YouTube video of Paul leading this song.

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5 Responses to “National Worship Leader Conference”

  1. Thomas Buck Says:
    July 25th, 2008 at 5:46 am

    Dear Rev. Roberts:

    You lucky dog! Matt Redman and Paul Baloche in the same vicinity. I’ve been listening to both for many years.

    Have a great time! I know you will be richly blessed at the event.

  2. Jim Says:
    July 25th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Earl Palmer was senior pastor of First Pres Berkeley when I was going to law school there thirty years ago. Wonderful pastor and preacher; he had a lot to do with my growing as a Christian, and is a major reason why I am still a committed Christian today.

  3. andar909 Says:
    August 10th, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    hi, andar here, i just read your post. i like very much. agree to you, sir.

  4. Richard Cummins Says:
    July 1st, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Worship leaders are like one standing on the shore of the lake with their guitar singing ever so sweetly that your going to rescue the drowning guy splashing and gasping in front of you. Then suddenly, to their right and to their left, others show up with instruments and begin singing that they too are going to rescue the drowning person - who is still thrashing about gulping down lungfuls of water. Then, they assemble an awards ceremony to single out and elevate the singer who best sung about saving the drowning victim. **Wild applause**

    And that poor gurgling wretch in the lake? He drowned (sometime during the ‘best runner up’ category of the awards).

    I don’t care how eloquently, passionately, or fervently you sang about it - until you drop your guitar and run out and actually do it, it is all meaningless.

    Can you say you have sacrificially even loved *one* neighbor as yourself per *one* song sung to God about how much you love Him?! Jesus said our love for him, the greatest commandment, was tied inextricably with that very commandment.

    Think about it.

  5. Mark D. Roberts Says:
    July 1st, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Richard: Interesting. How do you feel about those who wrote the Psalms? About those who used the Psalms in the worship of Israel?


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