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Liturgical or Contemporary Worship- Which one from God?

My last post ran over 2,000 words and it still did not say all that I wanted to say.  If you do read the last post, you’ll see that the title of this post already engages in the error described in it, assuming that ‘worship’ is the appropriate word to describe that gathering time among Christians once a week on Sundays.  (You really should read that last one before reacting violently to this one).

I phrased it this way, though, to help clarify my position.

I find among Christians two basic mindsets regarding the Sunday morning ‘service.’  One mindset sees … continue reading...

The Culture War is Over and We Lost? So… guerrilla warfare…

My ministry will be hosting an online apologetics conference this May with the theme of ‘literary apologetics.’  The general idea is to impact the culture in intentional ways to pave the way for better reception of the Gospel of Christ.  So culture is on my mind.

Something I’ve been pondering for awhile is this:  Is the culture war over?  And did we lose it?

I part company with those who seek to Christianize the culture as though this in itself is a noble goal.  It seems to me that this would in effect merely make our culture a ‘white washed … continue reading...

The Liturgy and the Nature of Man and Reflections for the Church

In confirmation class in 7th and 8th grade my pastor taught us physical positions that we could pray from.  Keeling, prone, hands high, etc.  The idea was that humans are peculiar.  It isn’t enough to give mental assent to something, but rather for full effect we need to commit our bodies, too.  Not putting our bodies ‘through the motions’ actually detracts from the reality as the mind experiences it.  This is really anti-gnosticism and it is an important truth about the human being.  CS Lewis in the Screwtape Letters accurately characterized humans as amphibians- both physical and spiritual, and God … continue reading...