Some Thoughts After Restarting Worship

Yesterday was sweet and bitter. It was a tremendous blessing to have people back in the room again. I wanted to share some thoughts I had after yesterday. Congregational singing is faith giving. One of our core principles is that the one voice of the congregation is the focus of our music. It’s our wayContinue reading “Some Thoughts After Restarting Worship”

Our Liturgy Shapes Our Desires

We are not primarily thinking beings, we are primarily desiring people. In a previous post, we said that we become what we worship either for ruin or restoration (Psalm 135:15-18). If we become what we worship, then how do our hearts get reshaped to worship the Lord Jesus? How do we reshape our desires? InContinue reading “Our Liturgy Shapes Our Desires”

We Become What We Worship

We all worship. In our previous post, we said that we are most fully human when we are engaged in worship. Worship is “to give something its worth” — or to put our trust, hopes, and security onto something because it is worthy of those things. Worship is like breathing. We do it without thinkingContinue reading “We Become What We Worship”

Christians and Conspiracy Theories

“The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.” (Proverbs 18:8, ESV) I have been thinking about why Christians are so drawn to conspiracy theories. I find myself running into brothers and sisters in Christ who 1) are committed to Jesus, 2) love and knowContinue reading “Christians and Conspiracy Theories”

Outrage Is Not a Virtue

Outrage is not a virtue, but it is too often in my own heart. Outrage that others don’t agree with my positions, outrage that others don’t value what I value, and outrage that people aren’t doing what I think they should do. You may not always see it, but it is often there under theContinue reading “Outrage Is Not a Virtue”

Hope During Corona – Day 6

Day 6 of our reading come from Tim Keller’s book, Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering. “no matter how well we have put together a good life, no matter how hard we have worked to be healthy, wealthy, comfortable with friends and family, and successful with our career—something will inevitably ruin it. No amountContinue reading “Hope During Corona – Day 6”

Hope During Corona – Day 5

Day 5 of our readings brings one of my favorite authors, Ed Welch — A Small Book for the Anxious Heart. “Think manna. For forty years in the Sinai wilderness the Lord gave his people manna one day at a time. If they tried to save some for the next day, it grew moldy. TheContinue reading “Hope During Corona – Day 5”

Hope During Corona – Day 4

Our reading for today comes from a new book of published prayers — Piercing Heaven. We over value authenticity and spontaneity, and rob ourselves of depth and stability. If you haven’t had the joy of leaning on the prayers of others, you are in for a treasure of joy and peace. I often find myself notContinue reading “Hope During Corona – Day 4”