Articles at 9Marks, Southern Equip, and Think Christian!

It’s been a busy week! I’ve got posts up at three different platforms online: 9 Marks, Southern Equip, and Think Christian. Whether a church member, a pastor, or a music aficionado, you’ll find something for you. Below you’ll find links to articles on rediscovering the “service” in our worship service, the therapeutic nature of expository preaching, and being alone together on Snail Mail’s fantastic Lush.

Putting the “Service” Back in Worship Service

Week after week, many of us attend a worship served not a worship service.

Don’t understand what I mean? Perhaps this will help.

How many of your Sundays look like this?

You show up, and parking lot attendants greet you. Faithful teachers instruct you. Ushers find a seat for you. A well-practiced worship band leads singing for you. Your pastor preaches a faithful, God-glorifying sermon to you. Childcare workers care for your children. And after all that, you pick up your kids and simply return home… (CONTINUE READING)

Expository Preaching Is Good for the Preacher

Here in Newberry, South Carolina, expository preaching is a unicorn. It’s bizarre. I sometimes have a hard time figuring out whether that wrinkle between their brows is from disgust, conviction, or shock. Of course, our regular members have grown to love going through book after book. Honestly, it feels like home for us. And expository preaching is therapeutic for me… (CONTINUE READING)

Alone Together on Snail Mail’s ‘Lush’

The lo-fi production of Lush sounds like Jordan is musing from an unmade mattress in a sadder version of Kimmy Schmidt’s closet bedroom. It’s moody. Caustic. Sarcastic. Needy. (CONTINUE READING)

Published by Chad Ashby

Pastor at College Street Baptist Church Newberry, SC

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