I am regularly asked why I don't go to the largest, fastest growing church where most twenty somethings go in our town. It doesn't make sense to some why my wife and I choose to be part of a simple average sized church. By Bible-Belt expectations, I shouldn't want to go to church where the … Continue reading I Shouldn’t Be a Reformed Baptist
I have three simple questions relating to worship, though admittedly they may not have simple answers. I will begin by asking my first two questions, which are very similar, and will close by asking a third question. 1. What role should the atmosphere (energy level) of a worship service have in evoking emotions? 2. To … Continue reading Questions about the Atmosphere and Emotions in Worship
Yesterday Rick Schupp, Pastor at the Amman International Church (AIC), commented on a series the elders at the church have begun on worship. You may read his thoughts at his blog, A Voice in the Desert, in a post entitled A Recipe for Worship. Here is a brief preview offering some Biblical perspective on worship: … Continue reading Some Helpful Thoughts About Worship
Earlier today an excellent article on the regulative principle of worship was posted on the RBS Tabletalk blog. The article was written by Jim Domm, who is Pastor of Englewood Baptist Church in Englewood, New Jersey, and an M.Div. Student at the Reformed Baptist Seminary. The article is entitled The Regulative Principle of Worship in Historical Perspective, and … Continue reading Jim Domm on the Regulative Principle of Worship
"Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever." Psalm 136:1 Last Sunday -- in preparation for this week's celebration of Thanksgiving -- I was privileged to teach on Psalm 136, one of the Psalms of Thanksgiving in Scripture. But as much as I enjoyed the task and believe … Continue reading Spurgeon on Psalm 136
Today I read an interesting article by Isaac Gaff at the Worship Studies blog. The brief, but thought provoking, article is entitled, Why I Write Down Public Prayers. I recommend reading it and considering Isaac's point of view. I also recommend reading the comments to the post, which include some equally thought provoking interactions about … Continue reading Publicly Praying Written Prayers: Good or Bad?