Why Do We Worship?

Come, everyone! Clap your hands! Shout to God with joyful praise! For the LORD Most High is awesome. He is the great King of all the earth. Psalm 47:1-2 Every now and then, I need to be reminded of why I worship. Perhaps you do too. On most Sundays, I gather with God’s people to [Read More…]

You Can’t Think Your Way To God

Christianity Today has published an interview with my friend James K.A. Smith, the philosopher, editor of Comment, and writer of many books, including two that I use in my classes: Desiring the Kingdom and Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism?. The title — and Jamie’s argument — is that you can’t think your way to God. The embodied liturgies and [Read More…]

Why We Praise the Lord – Inspiration from the High Calling

Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness! Psalm 150:2 Each week, millions of Christians throughout the world gather together in order to offer praise to God. Moreover, we praise God in our private devotions and, in many cases, throughout the day as we celebrate God’s goodness to us. I figure that I [Read More…]

Lift Up Holy Hands and Praise the Lord! Inspiration from The High Calling

Lift Up Holy Hands and Praise the Lord Psalm 134:1-3 Lift up holy hands in prayer, and praise the LORD. Psalm 134:2 When I was a boy, verses like Psalm 134 worried me. Scripture seemed to be clearly calling me and my fellow believers to lift our hands in prayer, but we Presbyterians didn’t do [Read More…]