August 1, 2018

(A brief warning for anyone who finds the subject of breastfeeding to be gross or inappropriate. If you can’t tell from the title of this post, I’m going to talk a little bit about how liturgy is like breastfeeding. If this offends you, I invite you to consider why, and possibly seek help from a mental health professional to get over yourself. Thanks!) My beloved wife, the mom of my two little children, is my hero. After nine months of… Read more

July 21, 2018

I’m admittedly not the biggest proponent of Vacation Bible School as a ministry strategy. In fact, I think VBS as it’s currently packaged by the likes of DeathWay, Orange Church, and other publishers and peddlers of jesusy crap is just another one of the marketing techniques that has so alienated the millennial generation from the American church. Even with the best of intentions, it’s hard to package Jesus up into a product that can be sold to small children within… Read more

July 11, 2018

Okay, I admit it. I was wrong. I’m sorry. Sorry, sorry, sorry. I take it back. At least I take one thing back. A couple days ago, I wrote an open letter to the United Methodist Hymnal Revision Committee just to say a friendly “hello” and just let them know I’m rooting for them. And to make a few suggestions (again, very friendly ones) regarding their course toward a new United Methodist hymnal. As usual, my opinions received some mixed… Read more

July 10, 2018

Dear UM Hymnal People, I don’t know any of you personally, but let me tell you, y’all are the best. Seriously. Your denomination has needed you for, like, ten years now. You don’t know me either, though, so I’ll introduce myself. I’m Jonathan. Some of my best friends are Methodist. I married a good Methodist girl in one of the most beautiful Methodist churches known to Methodism, served another Methodist church for a number of years, and I still usually… Read more

July 6, 2018

One reason why we Christians argue so much about which hymn to sing, which liturgy to follow, which way to worship is that the commandments teach us to believe that bad liturgy eventually leads to bad ethics. You begin by singing some sappy, sentimental hymn, then you pray some pointless prayer, and the next thing you know you have murdered your best friend. – Stanley Hauerwas Writing this blog brings me lot of hate comments ranging from hilarious to threatening…. Read more

July 5, 2018

The Cult of Cafeteria Worship I’m terrified that catering to individual aesthetic preferences in worship is killing the church. And by aesthetic preferences, I could mean a lot of different things, but at the top of list is music. Before I explain myself further, I must admit that I’m being overly simplistic. The cultural factors contributing to church decline are complicated and diverse. But because the church has responded to decline with drastic liturgical adjustments, we must look at the… Read more

July 2, 2018

Church of St. YouTube Sixth Sunday after Pentecost July 1, 2018 Entrance Prelude Andante Religioso from Sonata No. 4 Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847) Greeting The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. And also with you. The risen Christ is with us. Praise the Lord! Read more

June 29, 2018

Just for fun. “You’re never gonna let, You’re never gonna let me down, You’re never gonna let, You’re never gonna let me down, You’re never gonna let, You’re never gonna let me down, You’re never gonna let, You’re never gonna let me down, ‘Cause You are good, You are good, oh, oh, You are good, You are good, oh, oh…”     “All my questions find their answers here. When You come You change the atmosphere. I am focused, I… Read more

June 28, 2018

I have a feeling many of us have been there. You know what I’m talking about. There is simply nothing worse than getting into a car with people you think you know and trust, only to find yourself unable to escape the transportation nightmare of being forced to listen to contemporary Christian radio. What can you do in such a treacherous situation? Nothing! I mean, you could unbuckle, open your door, and put yourself out of your vehicular misery. Seriously,… Read more

June 26, 2018

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee, though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see. Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love; I bind unto myself today the power of God to hold and lead, God’s eye to watch, God’s mighty to stay, God’s ear to hearken to my need, the wisdom of my God to teach, God’s hand to guide, God’s shield to ward, the word of God to give me… Read more

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