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July 11, 2018
The Problem with Offering Multiple Worship Styles
Does your church offer multiple worship services, each with a different style? One traditional, one...
November 06, 2017
95 Theses on Worship
In the spirit of the Reformation, my fellow Patheos blogger and church musician Jonathan Aigner...
October 23, 2017
Liturgy in the Bible/The Bible in the Liturgy
Contrary to what some people say, there is liturgy in the Bible. Moreover, the Bible...
January 19, 2017
Discovering a different way of doing youth ministry
Most youth ministries are shallow at best, and youth worship is even worse. An evangelical...
October 06, 2016
“Liturgy shaming” for “liturgical abuse”
Many Catholics are indulging in "liturgy shaming" as a response to "liturgical abuse." That is, they...
October 09, 2015
The numinous in religious experience
A couple of years ago, I blogged about the Numinous, that sense of uncanny awe...
May 18, 2015
How a contemporary sees contemporary worship
Robert Burns prayed for the power "To see ourselves as others see us!" (To a ...
May 05, 2015
“The sacraments are what make the church relevant”
Yesterday we blogged about Rachel Held Evan's contention that church growth techniques designed to reach...
April 28, 2015
Worship is more than praising God
Pastor Mark Schroeder cites a rather compelling quotation on worship from Klemet Preus: “If the...
January 09, 2015
The offering Christ wants from us
The Wise Men gave Christ gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. What gift do you...
November 13, 2014
Church design that appeal to Millennials
The Christian pollsters and research company the Barna Group has researched what kind of church...
August 04, 2014
All Christians, including "non-liturgical" Christians, worship with a liturgy, in the sense of a predictable...
May 09, 2014
How worship services have changed since 2000
LifeWay CEO Thom S. Rainer cites the findings of the National Congregations Study from Duke...
January 17, 2014
The Millennials’ longing for liturgy & sacraments
Congregations that want to attract the millennial generation are now being told to ditch their...
December 04, 2013
Charismatic sacrament, charismatic liturgy
Charismatic Christians consider "praise and worship songs" to be, in effect, sacramental, bringing worshippers into...
September 19, 2013
Baptists embracing the liturgy
A growing number of Baptists are turning to liturgical worship. So says the Associated Baptist...
September 13, 2013
Bringing back the Psalms
I'm no fan of N. T. Wright's "new perspective on Paul" stuff, but his new...
June 24, 2013
A principle of the evangelical church growth movement is that worship should change to reflect...
March 18, 2013
Have an unglorious Passiontide
This is the week before Holy Week, a part of the church year known as...
May 23, 2012
Auden on modern liturgies
A letter from the late poet W. H. Auden to his pastor, on the occasion...
January 20, 2012
With the liturgy, “you never need words for joy”
Rev. Samuel Schuldheisz points us to the role of the liturgy--including the Psalms and the...
December 23, 2011
Keep the “mass” in Christmas
Last time Christmas fell on Sunday it came out that a number of churches had...
November 14, 2011
Julia Duin is a Christian journalist who is a real pro. She has a long...
September 29, 2011
Anglican worship wars
One of my former students, Bart Gingerich, who sometimes comments on this blog, has gotten...
September 17, 2010
The Collect & Bible readings
More from Narrative Commentary on the Divine Service by John Pless. Notice how we hear...
September 14, 2010
Last Sunday our Pastor, Rev. James Douthwaite, did something he does once a year or...
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