As the second day of North American Youth Congress commenced, thousands of apostolic young people poured into the Chesapeake Arena for the early Jump Start session which included worship and icebreaker activities. From here, the attendees were dismissed to their various split sessions, which catered to the different demographics of NAYC. The teen sessions was led by Bro. LJ Harry, Bro. Fain spoke to the Youth Workers’ session, while Bro. Darrell Johns preached to the Young Ministers, and Sis. Kristen Keller ministered to the Hyphen session.
Following the split sessions, the young people reunited in the arena where you found a plethora of glowing tambourines and neon cups in the hands of roughly 20,000 attendees. The congregation used these to pound out music to the beat of the service count down. After the final shakes of tambourines and clashing of … Read More »
This semester, I was assigned to write a fairly extensive research paper on early fourth and fifth century music. After a couple of brain explosions and mental breakdowns, I had a breakthrough when I discovered the writings of a philosopher we know as Boethius.
Boethius was a philosopher, mathematician, musician, and a consultant for the Gothic king Theodoric. He wrote many works in his time, but the foremost influential one was “Fundamentals of Music,” where he broke down the concept of music and the effects it has on the world around it.
Don’t go anywhere yet—I promise I’m not re-writing a twelve page research paper for you. One of the most impacting points he made in his book was, “It appears clear and certain that music is so much a part of our nature that we cannot do … Read More »
“It’s not you, it’s me.” There’s that cliché line that no one in their right mind wants to hear. Now, imagine hearing this from God. *awkward*
Take a minute or two, and think about your worship. What is worship, and what does it mean to worship? Is it singing? Thanking God for His blessings? Is it dancing or shouting? While we can quote verse after verse of our basic doctrines, sometimes the simplest biblical principles slip through our understanding. Unfortunately, the meaning of worship may be one of those vital concepts.
In her book, Teaching Kids Authentic Worship, Kathleen Chapman says, “The true definition of worship has nothing to do with denomination or specific church preference. It doesn’t stipulate that you stand with arms raised or kneel on a prayer bench. It doesn’t discriminate about the day or time. Most … Read More »
No one wants to be pegged as “that guy” or “that girl.” We all remember “that guy” in elementary school who tried to entertain his fellow classmates with his off color noises, fashioned by his own genius and formed by random body parts. His noise-making talents, though fascinating to him, were only annoying, disturbing, (a slew of adjectives might be inserted here) to his peers.
InsideOut: At what age did you start singing?
Ryan Johns: I started singing at the age of five. I sang in a Christmas musical put on by our local church.