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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

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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When Worship is Dead

John Piper “Where feelings for God are dead, worship is dead.” Desiring God, p. 68

Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament, starts out with a surprising and sobering commentary on worship and on the relationship of God’s people with Himself. Chapter 1 says:

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What Millennials Want

There has been much talk on the internet about what millennials want in churches. The Christian pollster George Barna has done a recent study that is very interesting. A Google search will also reveal many more articles and opinions on this issue.

I think this is a good question to ask, . . . → Read More: What Millennials Want

Less is More (Take 2)

One of my early blog posts was titled “Less = More”. In that post, I gave some of my basic ideas on how this principle is important for us as worship leaders. In the subsequent post, “‘Less is More’ in Practice” I gave some more concrete ideas on how to apply this principle.

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Holy Week

Those Evangelicals who find ourselves in the “non-liturgical” tradition are free to ignore centuries of liturgy and the observance of the church calendar.  Sure we celebrate Christmas and Easter, but we too easily can ignore or minimize other parts of the church year that can be quite meaningful.  

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Keep Educating Yourself

One of the things I love about being a college professor is being in an environment where learning is always happening. Students learn. Teachers prepare for class: learning and growing in the process. Guests are on campus lecturing about different subjects. Deep conversations about God, faith and life happen often.

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