Welcome to Worship Ink
I have been thinking a lot lately about getting a tattoo. As a 40 something member of Generation X I am acutely aware of being surrounded by people with personal ink. I catch myself being constantly surprised by the amount and variety of ink around me. People of all walks of life and generations, color and background, share a common experience; getting a permanent representation of personal taste and expression.
When I was a teen and later in college being “expressive” meant getting your ear pierced and wearing torn up jeans, all of which I did. Tattoos were for those who really needed something radical to express themselves. Then, during the course of the next 2 decades (I graduated college for the first time in 1989) I noticed more tattoos began to appear in more places on a greater diversity of people. One great example is the NBA, where in the 80’s I don’t know if I ever saw a player with visible ink to now when I am not sure I could name a player who does not display a tattoo of some kind. Sometimes I think if I am to retain my “cutting edge” I am going to have to get “inked,” or at least just start wearing my earring again. Of course, if I break out the earring does that mean I have to re-grow the “mullet” I used to sport?
So, welcome to Worship Ink, the blog that finds a way to navigate the change that has occurred and is still occurring in worship in our churches. Worship Ink stands for merging the old school “pen to paper” method of communication and the new school “self expression through any and all media” which is represented by the tattoo or “ink” and even the mode of composition and communication I am using here: the blog. I am entering the blogosphere with the intention of reaching out to everyone using my thoughts, insights, and perhaps even an original idea or two about worship in Christian churches, both here and abroad, in any denomination, from the perspective of all generations. I will be posting my own thoughts, researched information, and even sharing the comments of you the reader if you share them with me. I will post reference materials and suggested books, which of course you can purchase for your Kindle or iPad if you are adverse to paper. Most of all I will present to you honest, non-partisan observations intended to encourage and facilitate an open dialogue about all things worship; NOT JUST MUSIC, but ALL things that are part of our personal and corporate worship of God.
Please send me your questions and ideas. I want this blog to be driven by what you want to know, not by just what I think is important and have to say. I am looking forward to this experience. Now, where did I put my earrings . . .