Tag Archives: feeling

Why I believe gratitude is the most important worship affection

Why I believe gratitude is the most important worship affection

The affections of our hearts are central to true worship. Yet while praise, joy, contrition, and love are all important affections for worship, I believe gratitude is the most important worship affection. Here’s why: All true spiritual affections of worship have an object, and their object is always God. This is why true spiritual affections are… Continue Reading

True Worship from the Heart and How it Happens

True Worship from the Heart and How it Happens

This is an important question to ask, because I’m convinced that the idea that worship leaders are the ones responsible to “motivate” worship has led to most of the problems in worship today. The answer to the question is simple: carefully follow the instructions given us in Scripture for how God wants us to worship,… Continue Reading

Inward affirmation that our worship is acceptable to God?

Inward affirmation that our worship is acceptable to God?

There is an interesting conversation taking place in response to my post last week about “authenticity” in worship. The question revolves around affirmation from God that our worship is indeed acceptable. The question is, if we choose to do something in worship, and God affirms in our hearts that it is acceptable to him, how… Continue Reading

Worship that Cannot Be Touched

Worship that Cannot Be Touched

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Worship in Hebrews You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Throughout the history of the Church, Christians have always been tempted to follow after more physical, more sensory forms of worship because of a misunderstanding of this discontinuity, and this is perhaps no more true than it is in the 21st century Church. When people worship, they strongly desire to feel something; they want to… Continue Reading

Conservative Christians will be committed to worship forms that foster ordinate affection toward God

Conservative Christians will be committed to worship forms that foster ordinate affection toward God

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Defining Conservatism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

If we truly desire to be governed by and to preserve transcendent ideas about God, then our worship must be regulated by God’s Word. This commitment to the Regulative Principles of Worship solves the question of what we will include in our corporate worship, but it doesn’t necessarily address how we will do it. Conservatives have always recognized that… Continue Reading

Sola Scriptura and Form: What I’m Not Saying

This entry is part of 4 in the series Sola Scriptura and Form You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

The purposes and positions of Religious Affections (the ministry and blog, not [necessarily] the book) are not obscure; this granted, I expect that our readers are primed to hear the strains of grinding axes in all our posts. Everything we say looks like a camel’s nose in your tent. You have the gnawing suspicion that… Continue Reading

Worshiping Worship

Worshiping Worship

This chorus (written as a parody) reflects how many people approach worship today: Oh, I’m thinking of me praising Jesus, and loving the feeling I feel. When I think of his touch I am feeling so much that tomorrow I’ll praise him for real. Brian Wren, 1998 Praise Partners Publications. Continue Reading