Honoring Christ In Human Rights-Day 4
Sep18

Honoring Christ In Human Rights-Day 4

Back into a Family and a Household Paul refers to the church as the household of God. He literally sees Christ’s people as closer than family—we are a home. Consider the manner in which Paul speaks to, and about those in the church: “… we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our...

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Freebie # 70-Isaac Wardell: Getting To Know Your People
Sep16
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Honoring Christ In Human Rights-Day 3
Sep11

Honoring Christ In Human Rights-Day 3

The Cure to Fatherlessness, Widows, Orphans and Oppression John 3:21-22 records Jesus’ baptism in a manner that’s helpful in understanding our own identities: “when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.’” Interestingly enough, right after Jesus...

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Freebie #69-Kevin Twit: Can Music Help us Process Doubt & Struggle
Sep09
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Freebie #68-Dr. Ken Steorts: Nirvana Cycle
Sep02
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Freebie #67-Dr. Byron Spradlin: Imaginal Intelligence
Aug26
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Freebie #66-Jordy Searcy: Empathy in Creativity
Aug19
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Freebie #65-Lancelot Schaubert: Use Words When Necessary
Aug12
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Freebie #64-Dr. Philip Ryken: Is Art for Slackers and Weirdos
Aug05
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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 6
Jul31

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 6

TARGET IN SINGING We’ve considered our singing through the use of these words; total, text and tone, and now we must add one more perspective to the list—our target.  Target with 1 – 2 – 3  Mike Cosper in his book Rhythms of Grace offers some helpful insight to our conversation here in what he calls “1-2-3 Worship.” He says that our singing should have three audiences or targets: God, each other, and...

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Freebie #63-Chris Powers: Visual Exegesis
Jul29
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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 5
Jul24

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 5

TONE IN SINGING Recently, I found myself philosophizing with friends over the state of singing in the church[jm1] . We talked about how the church has grown too “happy;” wherein we pop songs like worship pills and it seems to stink of inauthentic denial.  Jesus, in his perfect, fully God, fully man state, here on earth, experienced the full tones of human emotion. He wept, he laughed and he got angry and tired[jm2], etc. He...

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Freebie #62-Chris Powers: How do beauty and worship go together?
Jul22
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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 4
Jul17

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 4

TEXT IN SINGING | Pt. 2 Continuing from Day 3, one more thing emerges for our consideration in our songs. If we think back to the words of Colossians 3:16, our singing is actually supposed to “teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, through singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.” Dave Yauk in The Tempo of Discipleship: The Rudiments and Rhythms to Shaping Followers of Christ helps us devise some quick learning...

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Freebie #61-Aaron Niequest: Moving Beyond 4 Pop Songs
Jul15
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Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 3
Jul10

Honoring Christ In Our Singing-Day 3

TEXT IN SINGING  I hope we can all agree that songs are as important as the sermons from our teachers in telling the total story line of God. Our songs are important in total scope in how they develop a broader mentality, but this also does not negate the fact that songs are also important in textual specifics.  Those who write lyrics, or share them with others, are responsible for the words they put...

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