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Reflection #20 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“God’s word shall not return to Him empty but will accomplish His purposes (Is. 55:11).  How cool, and what a privilege, to be the conduit!” Continue reading

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Grace for the Worship Leader

“Worship leaders, be encouraged.  Your congregations don’t need your perfect example.  They don’t need your exhortations to really sing or to authentically worship.  What they need most from you is your quiet recognition that in your (and their) weakness, God will be strong–and that far from needing or even desiring our frenzied activity for His worship, God will provide the means by which He will facilitate our worship.” Continue reading

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Grace for the Worshiper

“A pastor friend of mine once said that if you preach grace that doesn’t take you right to the edge of embracing a license to sin, it’s not grace at all.” Continue reading

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Reflection #19 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“It works during Advent.  Why not try it, at least occasionally, during other times of the year?” Continue reading

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Reflection #18 on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“How powerful it was for grandparents, sitting with other oldsters, to look across the room to see their grandkids in the young-and-hip section raising their hands in worship.  And how powerful for the kids to see their ‘ancient’ relatives, tears streaming down their faces, singing a familiar hymn. ” Continue reading

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Reflection #17, part 2, on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Worship leaders that find opportunities to share thoughts along these lines with their congregations–judiciously, graciously, and regularly–will help the process by which their congregations mature in their faith, moving from the milk, say, of “Jesus Loves Me,” so crucial during spiritual infancy, to the meat of deeper theological reflection and understanding, which leads, I would argue, to a richer and more satisfying worship–and serves as a fitting response to the command of Christ to love the Lord our God with all of our mind.” Continue reading

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Reflection #17, part 1, on Worship in the Contemporary American Church

“Failure to embrace a Trinitarian view of worship leads us to extremely unhealthy worship behavior that, at its core, is contrary to the Gospel itself.” Continue reading

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