Cessmaticism: The Strange Hybrid of Contemporary Christian Worship
We began this series by making the claim that Pentecostalism has quietly (or not so quietly) colonised Protestant worship, even in those churches and groups that explicitly reject Pentecostal theology. We have described the distinctives of Pentecostal worship, not in terms of its views regarding the operation of the charismatic gifts, but in terms of its focus on intensity, spontaneity, and its distinctive "praise-and-worship" theology of worship. It now remains to make the case that these approaches are widely shared and practiced in non-charismatic, or cessationist circles. In the first place, there is little doubt that what is prized as "intensity" in Pentecostal circles is fairly well accepted as a laudable goal in cessationist evangelical circles. The move towards intensity is seen in many a non-charismatic church's method of singing one song after another, in rapid succession, only the occasional musician's deejay vocals over the bridge intro. The practice of [more]
Strange Lyre: Nothing But Feelings
The Idols of Intensity and Extemporaneity
Important Announcement
Survivor Bias