The God Ask: A Fresh, Biblical Approach to Personal Support Raising: A Review Article, Part 2
Jeff Straub Last week, I began to evalutate Steve Shadrach’s book on raising ministry support, The God Ask. It is a how-to manual for Christian workers who need to secure personal funding for their ministry. I found it an interesting and engaging book, with a number of helpful suggestions that can make the efforts of a support-seeking Christian servant more successful. Last week, I pointed out the strengths of the book. However, I [more]
Some thoughts concerning Hymns on Christ’s Resurrection
I know this post is somewhat badly timed, but I wanted to provide a bit of help for those who are looking for good resurrection hymns, either for personal devotion, to teach to their families, or to teach to congregations. ((Churches that follow the ecclesiastical calendar should not find this post ill-timed, since they have only observed the second Sunday of Easter at this point. There are five more Sundays of Easter to go before [more]
Worship, hymnology, and philosophy of ministry reading list for pastors and church musicians
Last week I made the argument that all pastors and church musicians (or "worship leaders") should give themselves to the study of worship, hymnology, and philosophy of ministry. I had a couple requests to offer a reading list on such topics, so that is what I intend to give today. Here is a basic list of what I have my students read for the various courses I teach on the subjects mentioned above. Some of them assume a basic understanding of music, but most of them should be accessible to any pastor who wishes to study these things more carefully. [more]
Part V. New Nurture – The Gospel and New Disciplines
The Place and Purpose of Discipline When God told Israel to love Him wholeheartedly, he followed up that command with the command to create structures, routines and rituals that would remind, reinforce and reflect that commandment at every corner of an Israelite's life. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the [more]
The God Ask: A Fresh, Biblical Approach to Personal Support Raising: A Review Article, Part 1
This week and next, I want to interact with a recent book that has some [more]
Worship Implies a Theology
We spend a lot of time thinking about how our culture has affected Christian worship, [more]
Why pastors and church musicians need to study worship, hymnology, and philosophy of ministry
A primary focus of my ministry is teaching courses in the history and theology of [more]