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"The reason men worship God in a casual way is because
they do not see God in His Glory. If a man has ever had
Isaiah's vision of the Holiness of God, he would be changed
in an instant. But until men have seen God as He truly is
they will be forever guilty of the very same
rebuke that God gave to the wicked in
Psalms 50:21 'You thought I was just like you'."
--Jeremiah Burroughs

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4 April, 2008   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

I Confess: Wrong Motives For 'Rockin' Worship

You might remember earlier last year when I posted the confession of a numbers-pastor who came clean and admitted his wrong motives for counting converts; he said his whole idea of 'success' was tied up in these stats, and went on to warn other pastors how easy it is to get caught up in the numbers. Well here's a similar confession from a technology guy who wanted his church's worship services to 'rock', and like the confessing numbers-pastor he did some soul searching and questioning of his true motives. If only more of today's pastors would examine their hearts like these men, and ask themselves "why am I doing this?"... [Read More!]


17 March, 2008   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

Worship is Neither Evangelism or Entertainment   Robert Godfrey

The call for entertainment in worship in our time is often cast in a particularly seductive form. Entertainment is often sold in the name of evangelism. We are told that we must make worship interesting and existing for the unconverted so that they will come to church and be converted. At first glance that argument is very appealing. We all want to see many brought to faith in Christ. Who wants to be against evangelism? But we must remember: entertainment is not evangelism, and evangelism is not worship. People are evangelized, not by a juggler, but by the presentation of the Gospel. And while evangelism may occur in worship as the Gospel is faithfully proclaimed, the purpose and focus of worship is that those who believe in Christ should gather and meet with God. ... [Read More!]


22 February, 2008   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

Musical, Aesthetic, and Ceremonial Devices   Charles Spurgeon

Our Savior did not use any means which might enlist man's lower nature on his side. When I have heard of large congregations gathered together by the music of a fine choir, I have remembered that the same thing is done at the opera house and the music-hall, and I have felt no joy. When we have heard of crowds enchanted by the sublime music of the pealing organ, I have seen in the fact rather a glorification of St. Cecilia than of Jesus Christ. Our Lord trusted in no measure or degree to the charms of music for the establishing his throne. He has not given to his disciples the slightest intimation that they are to employ the attractions of the concert room to promote the kingdom of heaven. ... [Read More!]


7 February, 2008   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

JOB OPENING: Pastor With a Great Sense of Humor

These are postmodern times, and if we really want to fill our churches, we need to appeal to what's most important. Let's face it, nobody is going to care about how much 'bible' the speaker knows, they are going to relate to how funny his stories are. That's why a good sense of humor is kind of like the new 'doctrine' of the old days; it's what your church falls or stands on, right? So maybe you can help our church fill this job opening; we are looking for a very special candidate, to lead us into the future, somebody who is funny. Did I mention that he (or she) also has to be funny? ... [Read More!]


5 November, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

Hymns: Effective Carriers of Christian Doctrine   Paul S. Jones

The average college freshman today, who has attended church all of his life, is acquainted with twenty hymns or fewer; some know none at all. This is more than sad; it is tragic. Robert Rayburn, founding President of Covenant Theological Seminary, encountered that same kind of folly fifty years ago. ... [Read More!]


7 October, 2007 - by Chad   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

'Creative Worship Experiences' or Strange Fire?

On this Lord's Day, Chad is back to talk about one of the most chilling passages in the bible, and how it relates to one of the most popular church-packing trends of our day. If you attend a church that feels called to orchestrate creative worship experiences for the masses, you'll want to tune in for this post. Right away, you know the premise is faulty, just by the way it's designed to cater to people. That's not the aim of true worship. Chad takes over now and unpacks for us this key passage in Leviticus 10:3 - "Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it what the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace". ... [Read More!]


13 September, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

Remembering The Terror of The Lord - Part 2   Walter Chantry

Western society pretends to be above such ideas as blood payment for great sins. To cater to the delicate tastes of modern man, teaching on the need for blood atonement and appeasement of the wrath of God is set aside. Much is said of mercy, love, and pardon, while a curtain is drawn to hide the transactions by means of which God forgives. The process by which the guilty may be pardoned is unmentioned. Nevertheless, the Bible is not so fastidious. Is it possible to know the grace of God without having first experienced the terror of God? ... [Read More!]


14 August, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

Bad Ways To Determine Good Worship - Part 3   Hart & Muether

Yet another example of impoverished discernment in worship is to let a profession of Christian faith become a basis for legitimacy. Just because someone claims to be a Christian does not justify what he or she does in worship. Many today give the benefit of the doubt in worship to people who seem devout, as if Christian charity demands turning a blind eye to unwise or even sinful practices in such other areas as honoring parents or living a chaste life. To be sure, many who advocate the new kind of worship appear to be bible-believing Christians. They appear to be devoted to Christ and are motivated by evangelistic concerns. However . . . ... [Read More!]


13 August, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

Bad Ways To Determine Good Worship - Part 2   Hart & Muether

Another improper way to evaluate worship is by looking for sincerity or good motives. This is a sentimental standard that fails to recognize that people can be very sincerely committed to error. American slavery and Soviet communism each had its fervent disciples, but in neither case did devotion justify the cause. Consider, too, the recent growth of Islam and Mormonism. Their believers are sincere and have moving "experiences" in their worship. This does not make their beliefs true or their practices right. So experience is no guide to true worship. ... [Read More!]


10 August, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

Bad Ways To Determine Good Worship - Part 1   Hart & Muether

Let us first review how not to evaluate worship. One common mistake is to play the numbers game. This method says that the larger the church, the better its worship - or, at the very least, there must be something good going on in the worship of big churches. It is surprising how often Christians succumb to this logic. Followers of Jesus Christ should know better than to equate popularity with truth. As W. Robert Godfrey has pointed out, Jesus was the greatest church-plant failure in history, by the standard that the church-growth movement generally employs. In John, a great multitude gathered to meet Jesus by the sea of Galilee, but he did not mistake the crowd for the true disciples. He questioned their motives. ... [Read More!]


23 July, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

If They Call Worship Fun, Then It's Time To Run

Do any of these promotional slogans make any sense to you? Come to our restaurant and be touched deeply to the point of tears. The comedy at our health club is sure to tickle your funny bone. Your trip to our dentist office will be intellectually stimulating. Church ought to be fun. I don't know about you, but all of those descriptions seem more than a little out of place for their environments. Maybe they would be an attempt at marketing something with the aim of getting people to overcome their stereotypes of those places. In the case of many churches, the come for the fun concept has become an essential for growth. ... [Read More!]


30 June, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

Will You Be Setting Up Asherah Poles on The 4th?

"If you are in a church where the flag falls out of the ceiling on the Fourth of July, and an honor guard comes down the isle with flags for each branch of the service. And if you are singing God bless America on ANY Sunday on real estate owned by God. If this is the stuff you tolerate on the Lord's Day, it's not far off from Asherah poles" (idols in the Old Testament). ... [Read More!]


16 May, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

God's Worship Style is Not Entertaining & Casual   Hart & Muether

Much of today's worship is oriented, consciously or not, around the idea of entertainment. Pastors and elders fall under tremendous pressure to conduct services that are lively, practical, and relevant in order to keep the people in the pews interested in what is happening. The constant fear is that members will leave a boring style of worship for the church across town with better music, a bigger and younger congregation, and with better lighting and sound systems. ... [Read More!]


26 March, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

There's More To Christian Music Than The LYRICS

I've been receiving a lot of emails lately asking me to check out 'Christian' songs and musical performances related to various new cultural styles. The appeal is always the same: "the lyrics are great and are really biblical", but the tune (the music) itself is another story. So the question that we'll look at in this post will be: "are the lyrics the only thing that matters" in Christian music, or even more importantly - in worship music? ... [Read More!]


 

 

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