Hey folks, there’s a good question posed by Lee over at Verbum Ipsum: What of protestants and Eucharistic Adoration? Check it out (especially those liturigcal wonks in the crowd).
Category Archives: Liturgy
Praising God, Honoring Country
This Memorial Day weekend countless congregations will celebrate an unholy alliance of God & Country with services that blatantly blur patriotic celebration and Christian worship. Here are a few draft guidelines for Christian Worship and the celebration of national holidays: When Christians gather for our primary worship on Sunday mornings, we gather around the RisenContinue reading “Praising God, Honoring Country”
Christian Worship & the Pastor’s Personality
Without the "authority" of Rome or even Canteburry, and with the adiaphora-laden ambiguity of our American Lutheran tradition, what is the determining factor in shaping a Lutheran congregation’s worship life? Surely culture is part of the mix. Our worship generally reflects the cultural background of the worshippers – German chorales, Negro spirituals, English hymnody, etc.Continue reading “Christian Worship & the Pastor’s Personality”
Church Style vs. Church Substance: Style Wins!
Preface: I know that what you’re about to read sounds absolutely nuts. And yes, I’ve overstated my argument for the sake of discussion . . . but sadly, it’s basically true. I’m convinced that style is more important than substance to most church attendees. The substance can’t be utter crap, but given a modicum ofContinue reading “Church Style vs. Church Substance: Style Wins!”
Marks of the Church
As I said in a previous post, Christian Assembly: Marks of the Church in a Pluralistic Age is an amazing book. Anyone interested in ecclesiology (especially from a Lutheran perspective) should put this book on their short list. Some thoughts: The authors are clear to say that the church is not defined by person (clergy,Continue reading “Marks of the Church”