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Worship

Worship: Speak Lord, Your Servants are Listening

One of my ministerial colleagues, Jonathan Landry Cruse, of Community Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Kalamazoo, Michigan has written a nice article on worship. It was published in the latest edition of Tabletalk, the monthly devotional guide published by Ligonier Ministries. The authors poses these questions about the worship service: He concludes with this summary: “What can we do to move our worship…

More on Worship

In the last few days I came across two additional articles describing worship in the evangelical church. The first was published way back in 1995 by my friend, Darryl Hart. Talk about being ahead of the times! It was published by another friend, Scott Clark. Hart: “Contemporary Worship” Is The Triumph Of Summer Youth Camp The second article was written by Roger…

Orderly Worship as a Witness to the World

Some argue that worship is not authentic unless it springs from the heart, is spontaneous, and energetic. If you know anything about Pietism, then you know the source of that teaching. In contrast, the Reformed tradition is clear that worship is to be organized according to the word of God. This approach takes into consideration the consciences of those who are in…

How the Church Exchanged Worshiping God For Cheap Emotional Thrills

Now that is a provocative title, but it isn’t original to me. It is the perspective of someone who has led contemporary worship for nearly thirty years. What is the issue? The evangelical church has made worship all about having a “religious experience.” The lighting, the use of images on a screen, the use of smoke machines (or not), the songs themselves,…