October 31, 2014

With all due respect….

UPDATE: Piper "clarifies" his tornado comments by referring to his bout with prostate cancer. The message of every event is repentance: "That is the message of every calamity (Luke 13:1-5). And every sunny day (Romans 2:4)." It … [Continue reading...]

Open Mic At The iMonk Cafe: The Falwell/Robertson Room Has A New Act

UPDATE: Greg Boyd on Piper's tornado. BTW, my commendations on excellent behavior by all in the comment thread. UPDATE: From long, but right on point: The Islamization of Christianty by Udo Middleman. UPDATE: Some of my own … [Continue reading...]

The Evangelical Liturgy 4: The Congregation

I've been thinking about this post quite a bit, and for the life of me I really can't think of much to say than some of the obvious. The evangelical worship service is the worship of the people of God. God acts, speaks invites … [Continue reading...]

Review: Denise Day Spencer on “The Pocket Guide To Sainthood” by Jason Boyett

My wife Denise is on her way to sainthood and is eminently qualified to review Jason Boyett's new book. Before I could begin this essay, I had to pull up my thesaurus and check for alternatives to the word “delightful,” … [Continue reading...]

Liturgical Gangstas 14: The Hymnal

Welcome to IM's popular feature, "The Liturgical Gangstas," a panel discussion among different liturgical traditions represented in the Internet Monk audience. Who are the Gangstas? Father Ernesto Obregon is an Eastern … [Continue reading...]

Noted: Interview with Soong-Chan Rah + Hayley Westenra + Misc.

Sojourners is running a two-part interview with Soong-Chan Rah, author of The Next Evangelicalism. If you missed it, some Covenant Presbyterian Church members have joined the conversation at the link about church architecture. … [Continue reading...]

The Evangelical Liturgy 3: The Leaders

Intro, 1, 2. If you are looking for a complete theology of the pastorate, sorry. I am going to talk about the relationship of leaders to the worship service itself, and a few related issues. The sermon is a separate subject. … [Continue reading...]

Michael Horton, Etc.: Resources on Reforming The Church and Its Worship

If you only read one book on worship, it should be Dr. Michael Horton's "A Better Way." I can't find an audio presentation of that material, but Dr. Horton has a lot of good material on reforming worship in the local … [Continue reading...]

The Evangelical Liturgy 2: The Toolbox

NOTE: Read the intro? The first post? You ought to do so. The "tools" for worship refers to the necessary books and literature giving distinctive evangelical content, flavor and boundaries to the worship service. One of the … [Continue reading...]

The Evangelical Liturgy 1: The Worship Setting

RESOURCE: Excellent piece at CICW on designing worship space. NOTE: Someone asked where I got the liturgy bug as a Southern Baptist. Here is Highland Baptist Church, Louisville, where I was on staff for 3 years. From the … [Continue reading...]