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Exploring the Heart of Restoration

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D.J. Bulls

Husband to Meghan, father to Mackenzie…loves baseball, the Texas Rangers, and Alabama Crimson Tide Football. Bulls has 17 years of ministry experience in churches large and small with emphasis in worship, music, and communication. A frequent arranger for colleges, universities, churches, and worship groups, his arrangements are sung by churches in all fifty states and all over the world. He has studied at Abilene Christian University (B.A.), the University of North Texas (Choral Conducting), the UT- Arlington (M.M.), and my PhD work is at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Church Music, Hymnology). D.J. is currently a composer, contributor, and music committee member, and on the Executive Committee for the Timeless Psalter & Commentary Project. He was recently appointed as the Chairman of the Timeless Hymnal Project, who will produce a new Psalter Hymnal in the next few years, an incredibly worthy and important project for the Church. He leads worship at events across the U.S. each year, coaching worship leaders and church leaders in the areas of worship leading, new music, and congregational change. As you can see, his research specialties include hymnody, congregational singing, and Restoration Hymnody. Current Work D.J. has been the worship, music, and communications minister for Riverside Church of Christ in Coppell, TX since mid 2015. He is also the Founder/Artistic Director/Conductor of the MidCities Chamber Singers, a semi-professional choral ensemble in DFW, now in their second season - www.midcitieschambersingers.com

As a part of this month’s focus on the Holy Spirit, I’m working on a couple different opportunities for dialogue and conversation about our hymnological and musical experience in Churches of Christ with regard to the subject of and person o f the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Godhead, the Trinity.

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I am still amazed at little, seemingly hidden verses that strike me from time to time. In recent years, it seems to always happen at Christmas. Last night was no different.

Our congregation travels to a local rehabilitation and nursing facility every other Wednesday night to sing and fellowship with a special group of residents. Last night was our final visit for 2017. So, we sang through the entire Christmas,…

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Christmas, 2015, I wrote this post amidst a sea of unrest, politically and otherwise.  In light of tragic events in our country and around the world, I find myself reflecting on it again this holiday season.

There has been a lot of swirling conversation going on around me, both physically and virtually, about what has gone on in the world around us…Syria, San Bernardino, Orlando, Jerry Falwell, Trump,…

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As the anticipation, the “Watching and waiting, looking above” continues, we move (backward) to the first verse of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”  Perhaps, this is the most poignant of this hymns litany of verses, with its begging and pleading for Messiah to come…little did they know just what that Messiah would look like.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of…

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Come, Emmanuel!

No sooner had the Thanksgiving dressing been put away to become a late-afternoon football snack than the Christmas decor began to make its grand entrance from almost a year’s worth of being stored away!

Isn’t this story so true in many of our homes?  Seems like some folks have been ready to unleash Burl Ives, Ray Conniff, Mitch Miller and Jose Feliciano since mid-August…but alas, we can hold them off…

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