Applause in Worship 1

One of the consequences of the rootage of current Christian worship practices in the rock concert is the increasing prominence of applause in worship. I would like to suggest that applause is never appropriate to Christian worship, particularly the egregious “Yes, let’s give God a hand.” Where does this instinct for applause come from? InContinue reading “Applause in Worship 1”

Lies About Sin

This is the message we heard from Jesus1 and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.                                                                                1 John. 1:5-6 NLT ThereContinue reading “Lies About Sin”

The Way

“Without holiness no one will see God.”                                                                          Hebrews 12:14b NIV                                                                              Too often we have given the impression that salvation is a change of state accomplished through a judicial transaction. While that is not untrue, it is, unfortunately, to miss almost all that God is about with us. A reasonably careful reading ofContinue reading “The Way”

Happy is the man . . .

We have staked the whole future of American civilization not on the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the ten commandments of God.                                                                                     James Madison, fourth President                                                                                     PrimaryContinue reading “Happy is the man . . .”

Come Away, My Beloved

The fig trees are forming young fruit, and the fragrant grapevines are blossoming. Rise up, my darling! Come away with me, my fair one!”                                                         Song of Songs 2:13 NLT Believers from earliest times have struggled with the Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon). What’s it doing in the Bible? After all, it’sContinue reading “Come Away, My Beloved”