Through the years I have had the privilege of working in a large spectrum of churches ranging from ultra-conservative fundametals to pentecostals and charismatics. This experience has both challenged my beliefs and changed my thinking particularly in the area of corporate worship. Having spent a time worshipping and training worship teams in a cross- section of the christian community and now having returned to my conservative Baptist roots, I cannot help but be convinced that we as Evangelical Baptists have completely lost the plot when it comes to the true value and impact of corporate worship. In fact I would go so far as to say that we have intentionally made it out to be less than it is out of fear of catching a charismatic virus of some sort. I keep hearing that worship is far more than singing and personally I could not agree more. So why don't we stop seeing what we do on a Sunday morning as just singing? Why don't we stop using spiritual music as a lubricant in between more "important" events like praying, reading scripture, sharing the weekly announcements and of course preaching? Why don't we put more effort in to planning, practicing and praying through our music rather than pitching up on a Sunday morning and giving everything a quick run through an hour before the service starts? Why don't we stop saying things like "lets sing this song as we stretch our legs" from the pulpit? Why don't we begin applyling the same standards to all our ministries as we do to the pulpit? Why don't we put someone in charge of leading the music whom God has gifted for that purpose and who has an understanding and heart for worship rather than some some arb individual simply because he is a deacon or tithes substantially? Why don't we start viewing music as a vehicle for teaching and affirming biblical truth rather than fostering a fuzzy feeling of community togetherness? Need I go on... Just a thought, what are yours?