The Fundamental Question – Some Choruses, a Pep-talk, and an Offering, part 20 of 20

March 24, 2011

Theologians call the gathering of the church in heaven “triumphant” and the gathering of the church on earth “militant”—the label indicating her state; the congregation in heaven rests, the congregation on earth works. The division is descriptive but it can also confuse; leading some to think that our earthly worship is distinct, even separate from […]

Where's Communion? – Some Choruses, a Pep-talk, and an Offering, part 16 of 20

February 17, 2011

They called it the “marks of the church.” As a result of the 16th century Reformation, the Roman Catholic Church no longer was the only church in town. Questions arose: “What’s a true church?” “How do you recognize one?” “What’s the difference between a true church and a false one?” These were very good questions […]

Singing Hymns, Too – Some Choruses, a Pep-talk, and an Offering, part 14 of 20

February 3, 2011

We need to sing psalms in worship (see previous blog, “Multi-versed for a Reason,” part 13). Some have even concluded that is all the people of God should sing on Sunday morning; our hymnal restricted to the 150 Psalms. A very strong case can be made, however, that the Bible does not limit us to […]

Multi-versed for a Reason – Some Choruses, a Pep-talk, and an Offering, part 13 of 20

January 27, 2011

Is this fair? Most Sunday morning music sung today is catchy, entertaining, and likeable—a reflection of pop-culture. But generally speaking, it lacks content, depth, and musical complexity; it really is a Christianized version of pop-music. “So what?” someone may say. Well, does the Scripture tell us what to sing? It is hard (impossible?) to argue […]

What Music Best Fits? – Some Choruses, a Pep-talk, and an Offering, part 11 of 20

January 13, 2011

I know it’s potentially divisive, but we need to keep talking about worship music. Similar to food and art, music has a certain subjective quality to it; especially when it comes to style. Somebody likes jazz, someone else likes rap—and so on. And it’s in the car where we most often reveal our musical taste. […]

God's Taste or Mine? – Some Choruses, a Pep-talk, and an Offering, part 10 of 20

January 6, 2011

A few years back, a full-page ad was taken out in our local newspaper; a new church was starting across town. Here is what they promised would-be worshipers: “Clips from your favorite movies; Casual attire; Coffee to drink during the presentation; Contemporary music: rock or pop, by Ian McMurren and the Next Band; Most of […]

We Talk Too Much – Some Choruses, a Pep-talk, and an Offering, part 9 of 20

December 10, 2010

  God speaks; we respond. Those four words describe biblical worship. But the guy in jeans and un-tucked cool shirt behind the plexiglas podium has been doing too much talking lately. The sanctuary has become his stage; he’s a talk-show host giving out life-tips to a sorry congregation serving as his audience. Sure, the Bible […]

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