Jon Gilmore

Beyond the Bulletin

Jon serves as the Pastor of Music Ministry at ABEFC. He has a penchant for coffee, books and rainy days, but the utmost fondness for his wife Erin and their two children, Olivia and Jack.

Colorado Springs, CO 18 posts

Reformation Song

We are inching closer and closer to October 31, 2017, the day that marks five hundred years since Martin Luther sparked off the Protestant Reformation in Wittenburg, Germany. If you've not been able to get up to speed on the what and why of this formative event in church history, take the opportunity now to read the previous post Reformation »

The (Im)Possible Job

It's been said that song-leaders ("worship" leaders/pastors) in the church are subjected to the most impossible of jobs. It's not having to perform flawlessly in front of a large group. Its not having to work and lead fastidious musicians. Its not even having to choose the "right" songs. Above all of these, the most impossible of all jobs is »

His Mercy Is More

"Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of His inheritance? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea." (Micah 7:18-19) "How »

Grace Alone

One particularly curious interest of mine is the discovery of new words. There's something personally satisfying about learning to condense a sentence, or express a complex thought, or beautify a phrase with the use of a single new word. I distinctly remember finding the word 'pejorative' and delighting in using it in many instances where I could not before. Unfortunately, »

From Drums to Drums

If I've done it once, I've done it a million times. Come home from work, unload my belongings in the entryway, greet the kids screaming (in joy or crisis, whatever the lot that day), and seek out my sweet wife for a kiss and an update of the day's activities. And every few months she greets me with a particular »

For the Cause

As spring approaches each year, ABEFC hosts an annual Missions Conference, a weekend focused on worship, teaching, and fellowship centered around our common goal to "go, and make disciples of all nations." (Matthew 28:19) Every gathering during those few days is an opportunity to place before our eyes Christ's commission, to be inspired by God's work in the nations »

Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor

Among the many familiar symbols of Christ in the Scriptures, one that might be missed is that of an anchor. A familiar word even to those who may never have stepped foot in a boat, this essential nautical device is only mentioned a handful of times in the New Testament (ἄγκυρα in the original Greek). Luke uses the word three »

All Glory Be to Christ

Quietly sitting behind glass on a bookshelf in my office is a little first edition hymn-book entitled The Christian Lyre. Compiled by Joshua Leavitt and published in New York in 1830, The Christian Lyre was the forerunner of the modern American hymnal. Prior to Leavitt's work, "hymnbooks" in America contained only lyrics (often compilations by a single author, like Isaac »

In the Bleak Midwinter

Some folks have the self-control to withhold listening to Christmas music until December. Pop culture dictates an early diet starting the day after Halloween. As a music pastor, Christmas music listening and service planning starts in September. Besides the advantage of avoiding pop Christmas music for at least the first two months, what usually keeps me upbeat (and sane) in »

Man of Sorrows

As I put fingers to keyboard, millions of pumpkins are making their way to landfills and the airwaves are already beginning to chime with the sounds of Christmas (in particular, 24/7 Christmas radio). For those who would take a moment to step back and survey the landscape of our culture, the malaise that usually precedes cynicism might settle in. »