Category Archives: Worship

The Problem of Hot Button Issues Becoming Identifying Markers

There have always been hot button issues facing Christianity. One of the challenges that faces churches who take a non-status quo position on these issues is to change their practices without setting up their position as THE identifying marker of the congregation. Whether you agree or disagree with a church’s position, you can understand whyContinue Reading

Sunday Morning Worship Idolatry?

When Manassah became king of Israel at the age of 12, his leadership really showed his immaturity, “He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, following the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites. 3 He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had demolished; he also erected altarsContinue Reading

Two Posts on Worship, One From Each Extreme

A post on old stale worship – Your Worship Service is B-O-R-I-N-G! by Sean Palmer There is a wealth of information and stories in the comments. Have a look at the comment by Brad Carter where he tells the story about having a funeral for Jesus on Good Friday. Wow. A post on hip, trendyContinue Reading

The Biggest Issues Being Discussed in Christianity Are All Connected

There are several topics that come up over and over again in Christian circles, particularly among church leaders, including: Reforming our ecclesiology, the idea that our worship needs an overhaul and… The segregation of the church into professionalized, age-specific ministries and the pitfalls that brings…and The failure of parents and youth ministry to disciple ourContinue Reading

Worship Service – The Power of Upsetting the Routine

In the last post I mentioned something that happened in one of our worship services that I will never forget. The main reason I won’t forget it is not just because we prayed for her but because many of us got to meet her and encourage her that Sunday. I was later able to visitContinue Reading

Worship Service – Recognize What is Real

About a year ago we had a lady in a wheelchair come into the foyer during worship. She told one of our elders that she had cancer and wasn’t expected to live much longer. She asked if we would pray for her. That elder went right up front between songs, explained the situation and prayedContinue Reading

Does our Worship Model Breed Disconnection in the Body?

It is certainly easy to idealize the worship of the early church, especially when developing community has been a big push in the last few decades. We certainly wouldn’t want to have to put up with half the things they had troubling them in their day. So I don’t want to idealize them but IContinue Reading

Verses on Heaven: What We Will and Won’t Do There as Well as What Heaven is Like

What is heaven? Heaven is God’s dwelling place (Deut 26:15) Home of angels (Gen 28:12, Rev 4 & 5) Home of the deceased righteous (2 Kings 2:1, Rev 6:9-11) Ultimately the place of all the redeemed – 1 Thess 5:10, John 14:1-4  What will we do in heaven? Recognize people – Luke 9:30 (recognizing theContinue Reading

Worship Service and Mexican Food

A thought occurred to me as I was preparing Bible class last week that worship services are a lot like Mexican food, there are only 5 ingredients…the only different is in how they are arranged.

Sermons on Worship and the Water of Life

Just posted two sermons from December. Living Water – A sermon based on Ezekiel 47 where Ezekiel witnesses water flowing out of the temple, down to the Dead Sea. Life grows out of the low places around the Dead Sea as the water nourishes places that had long been dead. Application – we also haveContinue Reading

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