So here I am typing on a computer about Sabbath….on a Sunday night. Relax, blogging is how I chill out thru contemplation. In my quiet times in the mornings, I have been reading the thru the second half of Exodus. Among all these instructions, I have been particularly struck by how important God considers the idea […]Read more "Working to death."
We often have a tricky relationship with music. You may be aware that when hymns first came in they were seen for many years as heretical because they were basically too musical for a community used to chanting. Today, one tradition seeks to possibly over-utilize the emotional power of music in their worship out of […]Read more "A Song about Music"
I’m coming to the firm belief that the Christians who will survive in a post-Christian atmosphere will be the ones that are able to live lives at rest in spite of being under siege.Read more "In Defense of Attack."
I was attending a church meeting the other day where the leader was announcing a replacement of the church’s road-front signage. I suppressed the urge to shout, “Hallelujah” and backflip off my chair at this announcement. As he spoke about the new LED sign that would be arriving I overheard someone a couple of seats […]Read more "If it ain’t broke…"
So last Friday I attended the Safe Woman, Safe Family forum. Before I get into a few takeaways that I would think helpful to church folks, let me share some preliminary reflections I had. There were about 130 registrations ranging from local politicians to delegates of non-profit and support organizations. Of those, I was one […]Read more "Learnings from the Safe Woman, Safe Family Forum."
During a recent discussion on worship, the comment was made that worship is primarily for God. This got me thinking about what kind of worship brings God delight. Immediately, some scenarios in scripture jump to mind that are examples of worship where God is either delighted or disgusted. They are the following: 1. Hannah wails […]Read more "What brings delight"
Imagination cannot exist in a purely material world and what is life without imagination? Not human life that’s for sure.Read more "Losing my imagination."