One defense of the use of modern "Praise" and "Worship" music in the Church today is the superficial resemblance these songs have with the Psalms in the Old Testament. But this similarity is merely superficial and the "offering" of the praise contained in these songs has more in common with the offering of Cain than that of Abel.
Pastor Peters has some really great stuff in his most recent article highlighting the treasures to be found in the church's historic worship practices. View the whole article: http://pastoralmeanderings.blogspot.com/2012/10/these-are-few-of-my-favorite-things.html
As believers, It is absolutely true that we have a holy desire to give glory to God for all He has done and continues to do for us. But we can do that anywhere - we don't need to attend a "worship service" to do that. So what's so special about that hour on Sunday morning? What happens there that can't happen anywhere else?
The purpose of song in the gathering of the Church is to build up and edify others in their faith in Christ our Savior. In this article, we examine the use of Contemporary Christian Music in congregational worship in light of what God inspired St. Paul to write to the Church in 1 Corinthians 14 when the Corinthian churches were in need of correcting because of their worship practices.
How does Scripture describe Worship? This article discusses what Psalm 40 says about this important topic by pointing us to the "open ear" God gives to us to hear His Word and then describing our proclamation of His saving works to others.
This is Part 2 of a series on the goings on in the public assembly of the Church. In Part 1 a threefold distinction of pious practices was discussed. The first was "Free Practices" or true adiaphora, the second was "Commanded Practices" , and the third category is "governed practices" which are those things that God, in His Word, commands but does not prescribe the manner in which it is to be done. In part 2 of the series, the argument will be made and defended that corporate singing, when it is used in the assembly, falls into this third category.
The “worship wars” have raged for years. Both sides in the debate seem to continually talk past each other and it is rare that progress is made by parties to come to an agreement on even a framework to …
What is the true "Heart of Worship"? According to a popular song by the Contemporary Christian Worship Music composers at Hillsong, it's all about Jesus. But what does it mean to be "all about Jesus?" Good question! This is the first article in a series that looks at that question. (NOTE: This is a rewrite of a previous article on this subject.)
In the February/March Church Newsletter, I explained the meaning behind some of the things you see me wearing as a pastor. But why, throughout much of the church’s history, has the church used special clothing for those who are involved …