July 17, 2018

Game or Practice?

I have many friends in local baseball community. Many of them go to church. Some of them find it boring. I’ve had several conversations with a acquaintance who goes to the Roman Catholic Church. He did not grow up Catholic, but his wife did, and they agreed to participate in the congregation as a family, […]

Public Scripture Reading: The Sublime and the Ridiculous

UPDATE: Thanks to Mike Bell, who alerted us to this follow-up article by Tim Challies in which he explains his stance. I’m still not buying it. • • • Anyone who worships in a liturgical church and folks in every tradition that values the place of Scripture in corporate worship will find some points to […]

New Missal Introduced — What Do You Think?

Today, on this first Sunday in Advent, the traditional beginning of the Church Year, the Roman Catholic Church began using a new Missal in the mass. Priests have been preparing congregations throughout the autumn months for the introduction of the new mass translation. Catholic News Agency has had a website available that contains a number […]

The Order of Christian Worship

By Chaplain Mike And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to […]

Imagination Poor: A Must Read from Skye Jethani

By Chaplain Mike Back in January, I posted a children’s sermon I gave in a worship service in a quaint old Midwestern Presbyterian sanctuary. In that message, I focused on the surroundings and elements of the service the boys and girls could observe. I reminisced about what I remembered from my childhood about church—light streaming […]

A Musical Primer on the Ancient-Future Path

By Chaplain Mike If I were to design a course to teach about spiritual formation from an ancient-future perspective, my soundtrack would be the new album by John Michael Talbot, called, Worship and Bow Down. Remarkably, this is Talbot’s 53rd (!) record, but it is different than most of his previous releases. In light of […]

Worship: Robert Webber’s Proposals

By Chaplain Mike As we’ve been talking about worship music over the past few weeks, I’ve been encouraged to go back and review some of the sources that first caught my attention and made the study and practice of Christian worship such a major part of my thinking and ministry. Most evangelicals who have learned […]

Worship Music: Today’s Catholic Principles

By Chaplain Mike Since the Second Vatican Council (1965-present), the Roman Catholic Church has experienced a great deal of change and development with regard to liturgical practice. Along with these changes, the Church has thought and written much about her worship, including the role of music in it. The liturgy was one of the first […]

Distressing Disguise or Distraction?

By Chaplain Mike It finally happened. A church asked Jesus to leave the sanctuary during a worship service because he was being a “distraction.” Jesus was attending Elevation Church in Matthews, NC in the distressing disguise of a little twelve year old boy with cerebral palsy named Jackson. Jackson excitedly got all dressed up for […]

Let Me Restate That…A Rant Clarified

By Chaplain Mike Yesterday, a spirited discussion ensued regarding my “Rant as a Loser of the Worship Wars.” I think many of the comments missed the point of the post. So I thought I’d post a clarification. I hope this makes the most important aspects of what I was trying to say clear. When I […]