Highways to Zion in Your Heart
Dec29

Highways to Zion in Your Heart

One of the sacred actions of Christian worship is pilgrimage. The word “pilgrimage” may be defined as “journey made to a sacred place as an act of devotion.” The practice of pilgrimage may be traced to one of the theological emphases derived from the idea of “sacred place” connected to Hebrew worship in the Old Testament. The pilgrimage was a part of Israel’s religious life from the very beginning, attested by the patriarchal journeys...

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A Call to Worship
Dec12

A Call to Worship

  The “bookends of King David’s life in the Books of Chronicles are the two great events that the shape the worship life of ancient Israel. The first is the installation of the Ark of the Covenant in Jerusalem (1 Chron 15-16). The second is the preparation for the building of the God’s temple in Jerusalem (1 Chron 28-29). Both accounts conclude with doxology and contribute purposefully to the recurrent themes of Chronicles as...

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Be Still, and Know that I am God
Jun08

Be Still, and Know that I am God

The prophet Habakkuk charged the nation of Judah, and all the earth to be silent before the LORD, resident in his holy temple (Hab 2:20). The context of Habakkuk’s message was the imminent destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonian armies of King Nebuchadnezzar. The prophet’s admonition still has currency for the people of God today, as the nations continue to rage against God and each other. As we hush before the Lord in his holy...

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God’s Story

According to Robert Webber in a book called Ancient—Future Worship, “Worship does God’s story.”¹ By that, Webber means that worship is a narrative of cosmic proportions, “worship gathers to sing, tell, and enact God’s story of the world from its beginning to its end.”² This means Christian worship leaders and gathered Christian worshippers need to have some familiarity with the basic storyline and plotline of the Bible. The storyline...

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Be Still, and Know that I am God
Jan03

Be Still, and Know that I am God

The prophet Habakkuk charged the nation of Judah, and all the earth to be silent before the LORD, resident in his holy temple (Hab 2:20). The context of Habakkuk’s message was the imminent destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonian armies of King Nebuchadnezzar. The prophet’s admonition still has currency for the people of God today, as the nations continue to rage against God and each other. As we hush before the Lord in his holy...

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David as a Worship Leader
Dec29

David as a Worship Leader

The convergence of these two activities, leadership and worship, occurred quite naturally in the life of King David.  David’s example as a worship leader has much to offer to those who minister in similar roles today.  The Psalms especially provide insight on David’s approach to the worship of God.  For our purposes, Psalm 62 may be effectively mined as a case study in worship leadership with the use of a little imagination.1 For...

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The Church Year: Redeeming Time and Ordering Worship
Dec08

The Church Year: Redeeming Time and Ordering Worship

    The Advent Season is officially upon us and the marker that begins the historical “Christian year.” The Christian year or church year is a way Christian worship tells God’s story. Over the course of several centuries, the Christian church has ordered worship according to cycles of time by developing a church year or a liturgical calendar. The expression church year refers to the regular sequence of days,...

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