Don’t Bore Us. Skip to the Chorus.

Love this blog this morning. Had to share. Multiple points of application – not just for preachers. Enjoy!

Dulcis Veritas

My wife Ellie made a record in the summer of 2007. She got to work with one of our favorite musicians, Andrew Osenga. Before actually showing up at Sputnik Sound and hitting record, we came to Andrew’s home for what they call pre-production. Ellie and I played through the batch of songs we had written for the record. Andrew played along. And then he brought out Ockham’s Razor.

He had reluctantly made his peace with the number one songwriting rule: Don’t bore us; skip to the chorus.

So we slashed our songs by up to 40% in some instances. We cut our intros in half. And we threw away a solid 1/4 of our lyrics—especially the ones that stood between 0:00 and the chorus. Like with this one.


The worst thing is a boring preacher.

Be faithful to your text. Work hard to identify the grace of Christ…

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Husband and father of four, living in Mansfield, TX, serving as Lead Pastor of Christ Church Mansfield. Connect with us at I also provide research and social media consulting work for other pastors, churches, and ministry leaders. Contact me at for more.

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