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Reformation, Part 2

I love the comments about what needs to be reformed about worship and church life today. Several commented that reformation must start with the individual. This was true with Martin Luther, and it is true today. God is in the business of reforming, and we should ourselves be working to be . . . → Read More: Reformation, Part 2

Reformation

This year is a big year, as it marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Reformation, generally marked by the nailing of Martin Luther’s “95 Theses” on the Wittenburg Castle door. The purpose for the theses were to raise questions about what was happening in the Catholic church. The . . . → Read More: Reformation

Congregational Singing

Over the last year or so, there have been a multitude of blog posts about the decline of congregational singing. I agree with many of them. Reasons given range from too many songs in the congregational repertoire, keys that are too high to sing in, songs that are difficult to sing, . . . → Read More: Congregational Singing

Reputation

In working with students who are beginning their college careers, I often encourage them to be diligent about their academic efforts. Although it may seem basic, small things like going to class, being engaged, and turning in papers on time can make the difference between academic success and failure. With the . . . → Read More: Reputation

Reflections on Love

Roses are red, violets are blue, I saw a sticker, that Darwin loves you?

Bumper stickers have always amused me. Some clever, some controversial, some political, some simply helping hold the bumper on the dilapidated car. I was on the way home from church on Sunday, and was “blessed” to see . . . → Read More: Reflections on Love

Ingratitude

We have just finished the Thanksgiving season this year. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are also history–for this year. Leftovers are almost gone, and perhaps so is our emphasis on thankfulness. I wonder how long the season really lasts. What is our “attitude of gratitude”?

Ingratitude is a bad thing. I . . . → Read More: Ingratitude

Running

I hate running. Ethan, my son, has finally guilted me into running with him a couple of times a week since August. At first, my body screamed with rejection. What are you doing to me!?! The last time I had just run for “fun” was in a year that started with . . . → Read More: Running

A Joyful Heart

Prov. 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.

I have made it a point to laugh whenever I can lately. I try to tell corny jokes, laugh with my kids, and even laugh at myself. Being joyful is truly good medicine. Just today, . . . → Read More: A Joyful Heart

The “Will” to Worship

Before you can worship, one must make a choice to worship. Often people will choose to worship whole-heartedly when things are going well for them. They have received the blessings of God, and are willing to give thanks and worship God as He has shown favor on them. Benevolent gods are easy to worship.

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Saying “No”

     One of the most difficult things about my job is saying “no” to students who want to be in the worship program at Cedarville. These are typically students who have been accepted to the university, who have often studied their instrument with a private teacher, and who desire to serve God . . . → Read More: Saying “No”