Worship Quote of the Week: Marva Dawn on the Folly of Dumbing Down Worship

“Evelyn Waugh once remarked that the West is dying of sloth, not wrath. For the most part institutions are lost, not because they are stormed by hostile outsiders, but because their custodians, overcome by apathy, rdiffidence, and intellectual fecklessness, simply give them away. Will we give away the Church and its gospel power by dumbing [Read More…]

Why Churches Must Stop Feeding Our Screen Addiction

Prelude The increasing speed of TV is a great contributor to the loss of imagination since the mind has no time to recover from the constant bombardment. How does this affect our ability to meditate on God in the necessary silences of worship? Are we able to deal with the ambiguities of God that force [Read More…]

Lectionary Hymn of the Week: O Wondrous Sight, O Vision Fair

Transfiguration Sunday O Wondrous Sight, O Vision Fair Text: 13th c.; trans. John Mason Neale, 1851 Tunes: DEO GRACIAS, WAREHAM, LOB SEI DEM ALLM√ĄCHTIGEN GOTT Collect O God, who before the passion of thy only-begotten Son didst reveal his glory upon the holy mount: Grant unto us that we, beholding by faith the light of [Read More…]

Sometimes It’s Okay to Leave a Church over Worship Style

Let me say it again, in case you think you must have misunderstood me. Sometimes it’s okay to leave a church over worship style. Hear me out. I’m not saying you must leave, or even that you should leave in any of these situations. For any number of reasons, you might not feel you have [Read More…]

Worship Quote of the Week: John Wesley on Singing When It’s Difficult

“Sing all. See that you join with the congregation as frequently as you can. Let not a slight degree of weakness or weariness hinder you. If it is a cross to you, take it up, and you will find it a blessing.” – John Wesley If one was to begin a new Sunday morning feature [Read More…]

Lectionary Hymn of the Week: Give Me the Faith Which Can Remove

Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany Give Me the Faith Which Can Remove Text: Charles Wesley, 1749 Tunes: MAGDALEN, SURREY, MOUNT ZION, GIESSEN Collect O Lord, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth; Send thy Holy Ghost and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very [Read More…]

Elmo Goes to Church: What Sesame Street Can Teach Us about Worship

I loved Sesame Street when I was a kid. In fact, fascination with the show lasted longer that it did for most other kids, to the point at which I realized bringing up current plot lines at the elementary school lunch table was socially suicidal behavior. I remember watching new episodes through around 1990, but [Read More…]

Lectionary Hymn of the Week: Take My Life, and Let It Be

Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany Take My Life, and Let It Be Text: Frances Ridley Havergal, 1874 Tunes: HENDON, MOZART, YARBROUGH, PATMOS, MESSIAH Psalm 119:1-8 Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD. Happy are those who keep his decrees, who seek him with their whole heart, who [Read More…]

16 Reasons This Millennial Almost Left the Church

It seems everyone is leaving the church these days, especially the coveted millennial generation. And quite honestly, I don’t really blame them. I almost left the church myself. I would have left by the time I reached high school if I’d had that option, but in my house, attendance at my cool, hip, contemporary-worshiping, youth-group-glorifying, [Read More…]