cdenning.com on Baby Break

Hey guys!

As you may or may not know, my wife and I are close to the arrival of our first child, Addison Elise!  I couldn’t be more excited to be a dad, and I know Abrie feels the same way, but is also excited to not be pregnant anymore (can I get an amen from the moms out there?!?).

With that said, I’m gonna be taking a break for the next few weeks from writing.  I could push through and have some posts up, but there are 2 reasons I don’t want to do that:

1. I don’t want to compromise the quality of content.

I know my brain is going to be on so many other things than getting posts up here, and I want to be completely free to do that.  Also, I want to make sure you guys are getting only the best stuff at cdenning.com, so I’m not willing to lower the standard, even for a short period of time.

2. My family will always come first.

You’ve maybe heard the Spurgeon quote, “begin as you mean to go on, and go on as you began, and let the Lord be all in all to you.”  I know I’m going to suck at putting my family first sometimes, and I’m sure I’ll compromise at times, but I want to begin as a father as I intend to go on.  I love you guys, but I love my girls more.  #SorryNotSorry

This won’t be a long break, probably a few weeks at most, but know that we’ll be back with some great posts, including our first Set Build post, some great 5 Questions posts (guys like Bradley Hodges, Aaron Niequist, & Duane Mixon), and even more to come.  If you don’t mind, take a moment to pray for my wife, our daughter, and for the entire labor process.  Love you guys!

– Chris

Why We Gather Every Sunday

Why We Gather Every Sunday

I grew up in the church, meaning my family attended church together almost every Sunday.  I don’t know about you, but there were more Sundays than not (especially when we were young) where my brother and I would moan and whine about going to church.

“Do we really have to go this week?!?”

Why do we even have to go?!”

While I asked these questions out of selfishness and a desire to sleep in on those Sunday mornings, that is an important question to answer.   Why do we bother to gather as believers?

While the answer to this question is not simple and distilling it down to a concise answer may be somewhat of a disservice, my aim is to give you three easy-to-remember reasons why Sunday gatherings matter:

We gather to remember, to encourage, and to grow.

5 Questions with Rich Kirkpatrick

5 Questions - Rich Kirkpatrick

Sometimes you get the pleasure of meeting people who think differently than most.  Rich, thankfully, is one of those individuals in the realm of worship leaders who speaks out regularly.  I love and appreciate his ability to write thoughtfully and from his unique perspective.

I’ve known Rich for a few years now, and I’ve come to expect nothing less from him than thoughtful discourse and thought-provoking content on his site, RKblog.com.  I think the thing I can put my finger on is that Rich thinks differently and expresses his thoughts not simply for the sake of stirring the pot, but for the sake of seeing the leaders of the Church advance in their understanding of why they do what they do.

Rich is a fantastic husband & dad, which is a greater legacy than any worship leader could hope to leave.  I’m grateful that we have the opportunity today to hear from Rich and to get his take on the 5 Questions.

Rich has also graciously provided 3 copies of his book, The Six Hats of the Worship Leader (GREAT READ!) to three lucky winners.  Read the whole post to see how you can enter!

The Worship Leader Reading List

The Worship Leader Reading List

If leaders are readers, and readers are leaders, then worship leaders definitely need to be readers.

I know, I know.  You thought that once you were done with school, your days of reading were over.  However, if you want to grow in your worship leading, you need to be feeding yourself the right stuff.

Now, you many not even consider yourself a good reader or you might even straight up hate it, but know that you can take steps with this in as little as 10 minutes a day.  That’s all you need!

How Easter Changed the Way We Worship

How Easter Changed the Way We Worship

Every year, Christians all over the world take time to celebrate the defining moment of Christ’s life and ministry: his death & resurrection.  It would not be an understatement to say that Easter changed everything.  It changed how we view our salvation, how we relate to God, and so much more.

Easter also changed the way that we worship.  I don’t mean superficially or simply the method in which we worship, but the very nature of how we worship.  Here’s 3 ways Jesus changed the way that we worship:


1. The Barrier Between God & Man Was Destroyed.

After Jesus sacrificed himself for us, we no longer had a need to go through a priest to have access to God.  Before Jesus, there was a strict and rigid system of how we could even access God.  We had layers of religion to go through, priests and sacrifices were required to do anything.  Jesus is now the perfect priest, our connection to God.  Now that this barrier is destroyed, every person has equal opportunity to access Him, even those who put Him on the cross.

2. Jesus Was the Perfect & Final Sacrifice.

Like I mentioned before, before Jesus, we were required to bring our own, insufficient sacrifices to God to atone for sins and receive forgiveness. We no longer need to bring grain or animals to sacrifice as offerings. Jesus was the Lamb offered up to God, and is now the Bread, broken for us, and the Wine, poured out freely.  Jesus’ sacrifice absolved us of continuing these rituals of sacrifice, because He provided Himself as the ultimate sacrifice to the Lord, for our salvation.

3. We No Longer Burdened By the Law.

The law outlined how we were supposed to and allowed to commune with God. While the law is still useful and deserves our attention, we don’t have to work or fight to be perfect to be able to worship the Lord. If we claim Christ as our Lord, His righteousness covers us and makes our worship acceptable to the Lord. Jesus is the complete fulfillment of the law, so we are no longer burdened by the weight of the law in our worship.


I hope this weekend as you spend time with your church family worshiping our risen Lord, that you take a moment to be grateful for how everything truly changed for our good.

We no longer have to rely on religion to have access to God.  We don’t have to bring our fleeting sacrifices anymore. We’re not burdened by the crushing weight of the law.

Easter changed everything about how we worshipped, so lets give everything we have in our worship of his great victory this weekend.  I’m praying that God moves in a big way in your church this weekend, and I hope you’re reminded of His great love for us.

5 Questions with David Santistevan

5 Questions - David Santistevan

David is a guy I’ve been following for a while from a distance.  He writes regularly about worship leading on his site, DavidSantistevan.com, and is a worship leader at a great church in the Pittsburgh area.

He also hosts the Beyond Sunday Worship Leader Podcast where he weekly talks with some great worship leaders, songwriters, and others in order to help worship leaders grow in the heart, skill, and calling of worship leading.

I really appreciate David’s honest writing style and his ability to help you focus on what really matters when it comes to growing as a worship leader.  His 5 Questions show nothing less than all of this, check it out.