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Blessed are those who believe without seeing

Wouldn’t you kill for a paragraph or two in the NT on what should happen in the worship assembly? Maybe we could put to death some of our worship wars. Alas, no NT writer ever weighed in on the appropriate … Continue reading

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Worship Planning: what are we aiming at?

I am often struck by how much thought goes into planning worship these days. Back in the day, worship planning often meant the song leader picking out songs on the front row right before worship (with enough time to slide … Continue reading

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Worship and the formation of missional communities

While barrels of ink have been used to explore all things missional, very little of it has been used to talk about the relationship of missional communities and worship. I think the primary reasons are two-fold. First,┬ámany people still think … Continue reading

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Are your congregation’s efforts at worship renewal pagan?

Last weekend, Randy Harris, from Abilene Christian University, spent a day with our new missional leadership cohort at Rochester College, helping them to write a shared rule of life. Randy’s the guy to do this work, and we get so … Continue reading

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The Work of Worship: The words we inhabit

Garrison Keillor, in one installment of Lake Wobegon, tells of the priest who has entered into a romantic pen-pal relationship with a woman in New York. The burden of pretending to be some who he is not finally gets to … Continue reading

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The Work of Worship: the things of this life will grow strangely clear

The worship of a congregation in mission will be acutely aware of the world. Worship should not be an invitation to escape the world and its cares, but to engage it in a new way with the resources of the … Continue reading

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The Work of Worship: inhabiting an alternative world

The stakes are high in worship. The world made available to us by the principalities and powers is deeply embedded in the practices and assumptions of our daily lives. There are a multitude of assumptions that sponsor our behaviors and … Continue reading

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