Worship and the Arts -or- “Beauty will save the world”

The God we worship glories in beauty! And how we live and worship should rightly reflect this. I recently had the joy of preaching on Worship and the Arts (linked here). In it I reference several important Biblical texts and statements on the importance of Beauty. Many of these are contained in the following essay […]

Worship ~ What Matters Most?

This summer we are exploring what authentic worship looks like. The sermon from 6/26/16 asks, “What Matters Most?”  We look at 4 less than best answers and 2 that I believe we are clearly called to. You can listen here.  Central to this question is Jesus response to the Samaritan woman in John 4. But the hour […]

What does JOY look like in a suffering world?

Last Sunday’s services followed the 6.12.16 shootings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL. We began a new teaching series, The Heart of Worship, a bit different than originally planned. The music and liturgy reflected our collective lament and our common humanity. You can listen to the sermon here. It’s called, Worshiping in a Broken World.   We explored […]

Be ready for the “Ah HA” moment!

The Western church marks January 6 – the twelfth day of Christmas – as Epiphany. The Gospel reading for the closest Sunday is Matthew 2:1-12. It’s the story of Magi, the “Three Kings,” and the significance is that the Nations begin coming irresistably to the light of Christ that has dawned on the world! Listen to […]

Day 7, How’s Your Heart Today?

We saw at the beginning of Lent how a FORGETFUL Heart is such a common temptation. Today we are cautioned against an UNBELIEVING and HARD heart: Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long […]

The Real Wisdom Around ‘The Wise Men’

The second Sunday after Christmas is Epiphany (“revealing”) marking The Adoration of the Magi – or “Wise Men.” The so called “Three Kings” enter the story of Jesus in Matthew, chapter 2. There is a lot more going on here than meets the eye (or the ear, when we sing that really annoying song!) The […]

What’s our excuse?

Much has been said in recent years about Church worship attendance being less consistant among today’s Christians. It’s not an entirely new phenomenon. I came across these words from John Chrysostom, the greatest preacher among he church fathers, who pastored in the large city of Antioch in the 4th century: “Still, such is the wretched […]