Tag Archives: corporate worship

The People’s Work: A Reformation Recovery

The People’s Work: A Reformation Recovery

This year we celebrate the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, a theological movement that restored many biblical doctrines and emphases that had been lost or confused during the Middle Ages. Men like John Huss, Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, Martin Bucer, John Calvin, Thomas Cranmer, and others recovered doctrines like justification by faith alone… Continue Reading

Christian worship is corporate

Christian worship is corporate

Paul has a corporate worship in mind in 1 Corinthians 14, and as the Apostle addresses the problem of tongues in Corinth, he at the same teaches us something very important about Christian worship. Earlier in the book, Paul asks, Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? (1 Cor 3:16). The… Continue Reading

Corporate worship and the formation of a new culture

Corporate worship and the formation of a new culture

Navigating the difficult relationship between corporate worship and the culture around is is a challenge, but it is one made easier when we recognize the importance of corporate worship for actually forming our behavior. You see, worship is not simply the natural expression of a Christian; corporate worship—the public acting out of the spiritual realities of… Continue Reading

Is An Hour Enough Time?

Is An Hour Enough Time?

This is a good question. An excerpt: The average worship services lasts roughly an hour. Now, the argument might be made in for the sake of cultural “relevance” in an effort to not break social norms.  Thus, we limit the time. But in all honesty, what social norms are we talking about? via Is An Hour… Continue Reading

Why gather for corporate worship?

Why gather for corporate worship?

Both Old Testament command and New Testament example demonstrate that God desires that believers lift His praises together. He wants His children to gather for the purpose of honoring Him. This worship is still an individual, heartfelt response toward God, but it is expressed publicly in the presence of other believers. That brings God even… Continue Reading

Stop dressing so tacky for church – CNN Belief Blog

Stop dressing so tacky for church – CNN Belief Blog

Interesting piece on the CNN Belief Blog. Excerpt: Shouldn’t people have that same reverential attitude when they show up at church to meet God, some ask? After all, doesn’t your dress reveal the importance you attach to an occasion? Just what do you mean, ‘dress festively’? That sentiment, however, is seen as hopelessly old school… Continue Reading

Worship in the Assembly

Worship in the Assembly

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Back to Basics You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

It is becoming increasingly popular today to assume that since the essence of worship is the language of the gospel, then it follows that worship is all of life, and there is nothing distinct or significant about corporate gatherings of worship. Several problems with this perspective exist, however, deserving careful consideration. First, the nature of… Continue Reading

What does it take to keep you from corporate worship?

What does it take to keep you from corporate worship?

In Wiser Than Despair, Quentin Faulkner argues that religion manifests itself in myth (divine revelation and doctrinal content), ethos (behavior or morals), and cult. After acknowledging that the term “cult” has “fallen into ill repute” today and insisting that it is nevertheless “crucial to the understanding of religion (and music in the service of religion), and… Continue Reading

Why else are we in this mess?

Why else are we in this mess?

I suggested last week, springing from Kevin Bauder’s excellent article, that one of the reasons worship is in such trouble today is that pastors who should be the primary leaders of worship are often ill-educated in matters of worship and music. I suggested that while pastors used to give careful attention to the leading of… Continue Reading

Christian fellowship as part of corporate worship

Christian fellowship as part of corporate worship

Yesterday I suggested that some kind of expression of union between brothers in Christ should be part of corporate worship, particularly as part of the observance of the Table, which is a celebration of our union with Christ and each other through him. I suggested that in the early centuries this was a kiss of… Continue Reading

A biblical defense of the handshake chorus

A biblical defense of the handshake chorus

OK, so I’m not really going to defend the handshake chorus as it’s practiced today. But I did want to address the importance and tradition of expressing fellowship among believers in the context of a worship service. Those with a more God-centered philosophy of church services (as opposed to a seeker philosophy or one more centered… Continue Reading

Worldly Worship

Worldly Worship

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

Because the Bible tells us that we must worship God acceptably (Hebrews 12:28), there is by necessity the possibility of worshipping God in an unacceptable, or faulty, way. Faulty worship occurs in different ways. Worship can be faulty because of a lack of heart in the worship, because it is focused on the wrong object,… Continue Reading

Heartless Worship

Heartless Worship

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Faulty Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Does God care about how His people worship Him? Some would argue that God does not care how we worship Him as long as we seek to worship Him out of a heart of love. If the heart is sincere, anything and everything else is acceptable. However, is that really the case? If God put… Continue Reading

Is corporate worship better than private worship? (Part 4)

Is corporate worship better than private worship? (Part 4)

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Public Worship and Private Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

| | Private and public worship are not the same. There is a difference between the regular, ordinary times of worship for a gathered group of Christians organized as a church and the irregular times of worship personally, in our homes as families, and with other groups of Christians. The former is what we call… Continue Reading

The Missionary Imperative of Missional Worship

The Missionary Imperative of Missional Worship

This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series Missional Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Part of the difficulty in attempting to synthesize a philosophy of missional worship is that many different groups have adopted the term missional to describe their approach to church ministry, not all of which ascribe to the fundamental characteristics of the missional movement. For example, while missional church advocates discussed in this series repudiate an… Continue Reading

To sing or not to sing, that is the question

To sing or not to sing, that is the question

An interesting online discussion has emerged in the past few weeks about the issue of not singing a particular song in a service when that song expresses sentiments you do not believe to be true. The discussion began with Roger Olson, who argued that we should not sing a song when the doctrine does not… Continue Reading

Rambling thoughts on corporate prayer

Rambling thoughts on corporate prayer

Matthew Henry said, “It is taken for granted that all the disciples of Christ pray. As soon as ever Paul was converted, behold he prayeth. You may as soon find a living man that does not breathe, as a living Christian that does not pray.” Luther said, “Prayer . . . is as strictly and… Continue Reading

Reforming Influences in 19th Century American Church Music

Reforming Influences in 19th Century American Church Music

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series 19th Century American Church Music You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

There were many composers, writers, and organizations during the nineteenth century that objected to the current condition of American church music and encouraged reform. Yet none had as lasting influence as the Boston Handel and Haydn Society, Thomas Hastings, and Lowell Mason. Boston Handel and Haydn Society The Handel and Haydn Society was formed in 1815 in Boston… Continue Reading

Reverence in prayer

The section on prayer in John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion is surely one of the most beloved passages of that influential work. Therein, Calvin addresses, among other matters, the importance of reverence in corporate prayer. For Calvin, an essential mark of reverence in corporate prayer is attentiveness. He says, Whoever engaged in prayer… Continue Reading