One of the great privileges I have in my life is leading the worship for my local congregation (Hillcrest Baptist Church) on a weekly basis. We are evangelical and reformed in our convictions, and believe that the most important practical elements in corporate worship are twofold:

1) Singing truth.
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? […] So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:14 & 17

We don’t major on singing about our subjective feelings or experiences, but rather focus on the immensely rich truths we find in scripture and how we are to respond to them. Jesus died for our sins and to secure our eternal destiny together with him for his glory: that truth simply changes how we are to view everything, and it should be the foundation of our singing!

2) *Actually* singing!

Singing is a fundamental part of the human experience. Humans everywhere and in all cultures sing to express themselves individually and corporately, and often cannot help themselves but to sing when their sports teams win, or they are at a stadium concert experiencing their favourite musical act live. How much more then should the gathered church *actually* sing, especially since it has the best news ever – The gospel!

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
Colossians 3:16

Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
 Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
  Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
  For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;”
– Psalm 96:1-4

With these two convictions in mind, it was only a matter of time before I discovered the music of Keith and Kristyn Getty. The Gettys are an Irish couple who now reside in Nashville, TN, and are simply brilliant musicians and songwriters. They style themselves as modern hymn-writers, but together make an act which is nothing short of a musical juggernaut on a mission to revive congregational singing and rich theology in the life of the global church. They tour internationally almost constantly with a band of world class musicians and have a huge catalogue of well-crafted, rich songs designed specifically for congregational singing (I mean, Keith is co-responsible for writing “In Christ Alone” with Stuart Townend!)

I am really excited that my church has agreed to send me to the Gettys annual Sing! Conference which takes place in Nashville from the 19th – 21st Aug, and Britt and I will be leaving for that on Monday. The conference will be attended by a crowd as large as 13,000 people, complete with a choir of 1000 singers and preaching by some of the best preachers on the planet. Needless to say, I am about as giddy as a schoolgirl at the thought of singing my favourite hymns with that many people!

We will be visiting some other parts of the States while we are there, meeting up with some of our favourite people who we miss dearly, as well as some really exciting new people too!
I will be sharing a lot of the daily action on Instagram (follow my account here) and posting regularly on my website too, so be sure to stick around for pictures of conferences, concerts, food, and any other random thing I can aim my lens at.

To learn more about the Gettys, visit their website here:

To hear the live album releases from previous Sing! Conferences, visit here:

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