music and worship
Who is supposed to sing in worship?
by Tom Tillman on July 13, 2016 in great commission
Each week, Texas Baptists all over the state come together in communities to proclaim, lift high and exalt the name of Jesus in many different ways. New church starts, mission projects and new discipleship programs are causing Baptists to think anew about the way we do many things. There is also much opportunity for our spiritual development. So let’s look at some of the areas in music and worship that we can each develop in order to encourage our churches toward greater corporate worship of Him, whom we serve.
We need to be reminded that we are all commanded to sing! Over 250 times in Scripture we are admonished to sing... [continue]
Hope for America
by Tom Tillman on July 1, 2016 in faith
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen as His heritage . . . Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Let Your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in You.” -Psalm 33:12, 20-22 (ESV)
Noah Webster defines HOPE as the following:
- A desire of some good, accompanied with at least a slight expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that is obtainable, and
- Confidence in a future event; the highest degree of well founded expectation of good; as a hope founded on God’s gracious promises.
Texas Baptists welcomes new team lead for Music and Worship
by Leah Reynolds on February 19, 2016 in feature
From an early age, Tom Tillman learned he had a natural musical ability. Since then, his life has encompassed a vast array of musical experiences.
Texas Baptists welcomes Tillman, former Music and Worship Pastor for First Baptist Church in Conroe, as the new Music and Worship Lead.
"I was literally one of those kids that grew up being at the church every time the doors were open," Tillman said. "I was always eager to do musical things, whether it was children's choir or handbells and then eventually playing piano, organ, singing and leading ensembles in the main services of worship."
In his new role with Texas... [continue]
Singing Men of Texas celebrate 40 years of impact on music and worship
by Kalie Lowrie on November 17, 2015 in news
More than 1,200 attendees gathered on Tuesday evening to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Singing Men of Texas [SMOT], providing a beautiful ending to the 130th Annual Meeting for Texas Baptists. Hosted by Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church, in Allen, the concert featured 275 singers, with representatives from all six regional chapters.
Musical selections ranged from "Who Can Satisfy My Soul," by Jernigan, to "Your God Will Come" by Fielding/Morgan/Williamson.
Jay Ghormley, conductor from SMOT South, shared about the mission work of the combined choirs over the past 40 years, including their most recent trip to Ukraine in April... [continue]