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The profound simplicity of “Away in a Manger”

The profound simplicity of “Away in a Manger”

Christmas: the one time of the year that most churches actually sing good hymns! Some of our traditional Christmas hymns really are quite profound, the queen of them all being “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.” Yet some Christmas hymns are far from perfect. Others have addressed the problems with some of these hymns. One hymn… Continue Reading

Worship that Denies Self

Worship that Denies Self

In our post-modern context, where entertainment and overly produced functions are ubiquitous within the culture, churches would do well to maintain the thoughtful, simple, and selfless worship of a people headed for another land. We know our worship will never be perfect this side of glory, but we can and ought to rest content that… Continue Reading

Simplicity Is Beautiful

Simplicity Is Beautiful

I agree with Wilson; we must learn to distinguish between simplicity and triviality, and often simple is best. Both with architecture and with liturgy, there are some who assume that “if one’s good, two must be better.” The liturgy gets cluttered up with bright colors and shiny objects, and the architecture of the church looks,… Continue Reading