Christianity needs to sing a new song… I spent the better part of the morning yesterday watching the live broadcast… Read more Sing a new song…
Maybe your passion is with the people of Africa, or possibly somewhere else… China, Guatemala, or the streets of Washington D.C., Detroit, or your own city… but wherever your heart is, remember those people first as we progress through this holiday season. Seek to set aside the cultural drive to spend inordinate amounts of money and time on “great deals” and “black friday doorbusters.” Rather, allow God to expand your worldview… use you to express love to the least… give hope to the hopeless… pray WITH those who are in need.
I recently had a church member ask me if the ear plugs (3/4″ for you piercing aficionados) that I wear were pentagrams… as they are a star inside a circle. I found this an interesting question, as it is loaded with implication… mostly down the road that pentagrams, or five pointed stars, are the representation of evil.
Let’s unpack that very briefly…
So interrelated are all of the worship values explored in the Essentials Green course with Dan Wilt. Throughout the course, values of intimacy, integrity, accessibility, cultural relevance, Kingdom expectation, and the spiritual formation of the leader are all examined. Today I seek to flesh out three of those values and relate them to my own church community.
In the book Ancient Future Time by Robert Webber, he explains the nature of the Christian year. He attempts to lay out the importance of practicing daily, weekly, and yearly patterns of time and worship in order to find a connection with Christ.
Webber does a fine job of outlining the importance of teaching celebration of the saving deeds of God through Christ as the primary focal point of worship.
In Essentials Red we have been studying the Christian traditions of marking time and space.
We pray, “Set the world right.”
We sing, “Keep us alive.”
We whisper, “Forgive us, keep us safe.”
We shout, “Do anything You want!”
You are ablaze in beauty!
We go exploring Creator into Your stunning design.
Inner dialogue begs question after question as we dig deeper.
Answers uncovered bring wonder to our minds, yet answers never seem to explain it all.
If there is one overarching lesson that I have learned from taking the Essentials Blue course, it would be the realization of my responsibility as a lead worshiper and songwriter to understand good theology as best I can at the given time.
I highly recommend N. T. Wright’s books “Simply Christian” and “Surprised by Hope”.