Tagged with worship

Post-Coronavirus Safe Gatherings

Someone forwarded this: 3. Attending a religious service indoors: high risk Worship services involve people from different households coming together indoors for an extended time. “All of the ingredients are there for the potential for a lot of people becoming infected in the short amount of time,” says Kimberly Powers, an epidemiologist at the University of … Continue reading »

Reopening a Church

Add this to the list of things they don’t teach in Seminary. I’ve been thinking about how the end (or maybe the next phases?) of the Coronavirus lockdown will affect our congregation. Government-supplied Guidance First, if you haven’t done so, it’s worth looking at the CDC guidelines for a phased reopening of America. Also, Governor … Continue reading »

Online Worship – Things to Think About

I liked these two brief videos about producing online worship because they suggested taking a step back and thinking first about goals. (Don’t get me wrong: I’ve appreciated all the great content that bypasses that, for people who just want to do something. But with Easter behind us and no clear timeframe or picture of … Continue reading »

Church Architecture

Someone sent me a reflection about church architecture that included this quote from R.C. Sproul: It behooves us, I think, to note the great care with which God gave His people plans for the tabernacle, their first worship environment. Like the temple that followed, the tabernacle was a place of beauty, glory, and transcendence. It … Continue reading »

Worship Leaders Tip

Donald Miller: the difference between an artist an an entertainer. We want our worship to be enhanced by the contributions of artists. We don’t want entertainment. (Truthfully sometimes we do want, but it’s a desire we should resist.)  

The Seminary Bubble

Via Twitter, I saw a fascinating article on Forbes’ blog about the “Seminary Bubble.” Excerpt: After all, what matters more to the customer, the member: the ability to discuss the relationship between Paul Tillich’s theory of ultimate concern and Karl Barth’s version of neo-orthodoxy in light of the demythologizing textual hermeneutic of Bultman, or the … Continue reading »

Purposeful Worship

Have you ever stopped to wonder why we worship? What’s it for? It’s the most salient feature of church life; in fact, people often use “church” as shorthand for “worship.” If someone says, “Let’s go to church this Sunday,” for example, it’s shorthand for, “Let’s assemble at the customary place for gathered worship.” But why … Continue reading »

Robes

“Pastor, when are you going to start wearing your robes again?” Several of you have asked me that question. As you know, I’ve worn a minister’s robe in worship since arriving at Desert Hills. But I quit this summer. Now fall has come, and soon winter will be here, and I haven’t resumed wearing the … Continue reading »

Fall Season – Huddles

This post appears, in slightly-altered form, in the September Panorama: Here it is, almost fall again! Where did the summer go? A highlight of the summer for me was our brief trip to the Navajo Nation in Arizona. We were privileged to visit St. Michael’s Association for Special Education and the evangelical (Protestant) church at … Continue reading »