Towards Worship Formation

In the defense of “modern worship” Part 2

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So, last post I gave a very non-specific and general overview of the history of worship in the church, mostly dealing with musical issues. If you haven’t read it, you may read it here. Now, I’m going to give my actual defense of the music used in worship today and build my thesis that: no one has ever gotten worship right, and we never will until the return of Christ. If there is one point to be taken away from my previous post, it should be that there is no one…read more

In the defense of “modern worship” Part 1

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If you are at all interested in the music of the church and you have glanced at Facebook or Twitter over the past 6-9 months, you have probably noticed a slew of posts slamming the “modern worship” movement. Now, I put “modern worship” into quotes because, in reality, there’s nothing “modern” about worship. Worship itself has been around since before the foundation of the world when perfect worship occurred solely between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God, in His brilliant creativity and grace, created man and then allows us…read more

Why Do We Preach?

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In his book, Vertical Church James MacDonald says: …worship…is eternal while preaching is temporal. On earth even the best of preachers is just inciting worship as a participant, but in heaven the only preaching will be God inviting our worship as recipient. We preach so that worship will increase, not the reverse…We don’t worship so that preaching will be more impactful for us; we preach so that worship will be more impactful for God. This hit the nail on the head for something I always thought must/should/could be true, but was too nervous…read more

What (and how) does worship teach?

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It’s a strange thing to think that we are “taught” something in worship, or at least it would have been a strange thing for me to think a few years ago. Perhaps that is why I am now using the word “formed” in place of “taught,” but it is still instruction in one way or another. Now, this is not a new concept at all. We see, especially in the Old Testament, that poetry and songs used in worship were used to teach people the things of God or remind…read more

What does worship do?

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WDWD? Sorry, brief throwback to 90s Christian subculture. It was too hard to avoid the temptation. It’s a strange thought to think that our worship does anything, but in reality, there’s a lot going on when God’s people bring Him praise. To be clear, I’m talking about specific worship acts here, whether done alone or in small groups – prayer, Scripture reading, song, meditation, fasting, and a whole list of other possibilities – rather than just the all-important “life worship” that should be our normal way of living. First, what…read more

Rehearsing the Gospel Story Pt. 2

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Ok, so it’s taken a few months, but here’s the “what does this look like” post I promised. No excuses, but if you’ve been around my church lately, you know it’s kinda been a roller coaster as of late, and keeping you all up to date has not been at the top of my list. So, let’s walk through a Sunday morning service and see how this whole thing plays out, shall we? (The 4 parts of the Gospel story arc are in bold, see the last post if you…read more

The reason we sing

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I am currently preparing to teach on Sunday, March 16th, continuing in our series unpacking the Gospel by way of Ephesians. Basically, by the “luck of the draw” I ended up with 5:18-21. This passages reads: 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence…read more


What time is it?

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Ok, so my mind is racing about somethings that I was dealing with today, and I can’t sleep. I know you’ve all had those days. So, what better thing to do at 1am than to write a post on my sadly neglected blog that I will probably delete in the morning because it ends up being something that only makes sense at 1am. Anyway… I’ve figured something out, and in my immense wisdom, I’m going to share with you. What I’ve figured out is that I haven’t figured anything out.Sorry…read more