Category Archives: Articles on Worship

A Worship Catechism (6)

A Worship Catechism (6)

This entry is part 6 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 6 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.33. What is meant by communing with God? Communing with God is beholding of the glory of the Triune God, directly and indirectly, in the face of… Continue Reading

Thanksgiving: The Primary Worship Response

Thanksgiving: The Primary Worship Response

In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln established an annual national holiday of Thanksgiving to be observed on the last Thursday in November. Most of us look forward to this holiday, a day on which we eat good food, enjoy time with family and friends, and perhaps watch some football. And we will probably set aside at… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (5)

A Worship Catechism (5)

This entry is part 5 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 5 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.29. What has the Father done to enable us to abide in God’s presence? The Father lovingly chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (4)

A Worship Catechism (4)

This entry is part 4 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 4 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.23. How does God accomplish this love in us? God sheds His love abroad in our hearts by work of grace: changing our natures to love His… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (3)

A Worship Catechism (3)

This entry is part 3 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 3 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.15. How does the Father magnify God’s beauty? The Father magnifies the glory of God as Beholder, by delighting in it and declaring its uniqueness to all… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (2)

A Worship Catechism (2)

This entry is part 2 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 2 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.8. Can we love anything or anyone besides God? Ultimate love for God demands that we love all that God loves, for His sake (Matthew 10:37). 9. How… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (1)

A Worship Catechism (1)

This entry is part 1 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 1 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.1. What is the great priority and purpose of man? Man’s great priority and purpose is to love God with his entire being: heart, soul, mind and… Continue Reading

Afraid of Emotion in Worship?

Afraid of Emotion in Worship?

Roger Olson asks, “Why are we afraid of emotion in worship?” The short answer is that we–as in we at Religious Affections Ministries–aren’t. Not in the least. In fact, we are convinced that emotion is absolutely necessary to worship. If you’re not emotionally engaged, you’re not worshiping. Emotion in worship is important, so important that… Continue Reading

Receive a MA or PhD in Worship Studies without Relocating

Receive a MA or PhD in Worship Studies without Relocating

For the past five years I have had the privilege of teaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. It has been a joy to teach courses like History and Theology of Worship, Philosophy of Ministry, Congregational Song, Aesthetics, Spiritual Formation, Culture, and Biblical Foundations of Worship alongside a world-class faculty that are… Continue Reading

Why Christians Should Care About Meaning in Art

Why Christians Should Care About Meaning in Art

Christians claim to be concerned with meaning. They debate over the meaning of texts of Scripture, and urge particular hermeneutics, so as to arrive at the correct meaning of Scripture. Many claim to be concerned with the meaning of cultural trends, explaining their ethical significance. Some are fascinated with current events, and are hungry to… Continue Reading

Maintaining appropriate unity and necessary disunity through worship

Maintaining appropriate unity and necessary disunity through worship

This entry is part of 8 in the series Worship and Doctrinal Distinctives You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part of 8 in the series”Worship and Doctrinal Distinctives”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Over the past several weeks, I have been demonstrating how the theology and practice of worship has historically divided Christians into various denominations, provided the means for… Continue Reading

Lessons from a Worship War for a People in Exile

Lessons from a Worship War for a People in Exile

Here is a sermon I preached yesterday at our church that’s relevant to matters we discuss often here. Read 1 Kings 18:1-40 The Rise and Fall of the Hebrew Empire This account of Elijah and the Prophets of Baal is one of the most well-known and colorful narratives in the whole of the Old Testament.… Continue Reading

Blurring doctrinal distinctives with Church Growth

Blurring doctrinal distinctives with Church Growth

Last week I discussed how the Praise and Worship movement has blurred important doctrinal distinctives between churches and denominations by making musical style the predominant issue for church identity and for choosing a church. The church growth movement built off this tendency to define a church’s identity by musical style and recognized it as a… Continue Reading

Tozer’s Third Concern – Worship and Entertainment

Tozer’s Third Concern – Worship and Entertainment

Perhaps Tozer used more ink on the topic of worship than on any other. As Tozer watched the heritage of Christianity being exchanged for a religion that sought credibility in its intellectualism and popularity through its pragmatism, he saw the ultimate casualty was Christian worship. For as genuine illumination of the Scriptures dissipates, and as… Continue Reading

Blurring doctrinal distinctives with Praise and Worship

Blurring doctrinal distinctives with Praise and Worship

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Worship and Doctrinal Distinctives You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series”Worship and Doctrinal Distinctives”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Over the past several weeks I have been showing that, while differences over worship theology and practice have been one of the most significant doctrinal dividers, traditional… Continue Reading

Tozer’s Second Concern – Pragmatism

Tozer’s Second Concern – Pragmatism

A.W. Tozer had the uncommon ability to step aside from his own culture, and see as alien what had become natural. Tozer saw that the pragmatic philosophy of Americans, which had brought such material success to the nation, was devastating the evangelical church. He wrote: “As one fairly familiar with the contemporary religious scene, I… Continue Reading

Liturgy as an appropriate unifier

Liturgy as an appropriate unifier

This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series Worship and Doctrinal Distinctives You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series”Worship and Doctrinal Distinctives”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.God wants his people to be unified, but some doctrinal and practical matters are important enough that secondary division is necessary. Such is the case with… Continue Reading

Psalmody and Hymnody as appropriate unifiers

Psalmody and Hymnody as appropriate unifiers

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Worship and Doctrinal Distinctives You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series”Worship and Doctrinal Distinctives”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Over the past couple of weeks, I have been showing how particular issues related to worship theology and practice–namely, baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and the regulative… Continue Reading

Tozer’s First Concern – Illumination

Tozer’s First Concern – Illumination

It would be easy – or more precisely, lazy – to dismiss Tozer’s concern with the doctrine of illumination 1 as a form of flakey quasi-prophecy or dreamy mysticism. Presumably, some of Tozer’s contemporary critics did just that. Among Evangelical Rationalists, the truth is in the text, and the Philosopher’s Stone is solid hermeneutics. Apply… Continue Reading