That's Why Do We Do That?

Yon Sacred Desk

Before the Protestant Reformation, the word pulpit was used for the platform on which the altar stood. It comes from the Latin word pulpitum, which means exactly that - a raised platform. The Protestant Reformation brought a much more preaching-centric worship style, and since the speakers would often preach for extensive amounts of time, a… Continue reading Yon Sacred Desk

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That's Why Do We Do That?

Why Preachers Should Listen to Arlo Guthrie

If you aren't a premillennial, pretribulational, dispensational, separated, King James Only, 7-Day-Creationist, Bible-believing, evangelistic, NRA-card carrying, Republican, fundamentalist Baptist who has Sunday School at 9:30am, morning worship at 11:00am, an evening service at 6:00pm and Wednesday prayer meeting - then you're going to hell. (And if you don't sing hymns during those services, you might… Continue reading Why Preachers Should Listen to Arlo Guthrie

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The Longest 45 Minutes in the Week

Preaching is a very nuanced style of speech. Typically, sermons are structured around a standardized set of themes, components and conclusions. It has always amazed me how people gauge a sermon's quality based on a sort of oral tradition standard that we pick up by osmosis from years of church-going. Originally, Christian worship had very… Continue reading The Longest 45 Minutes in the Week

That's Why Do We Do That?

Stand Up, Sit Down, Stand Up, Sit Down

Have you ever noticed that there is a lot of standing up in Christian church services? That's because in the Medieval Age, church buildings did not have pews or seats of any kind. The congregants stood throughout the observance. The priest occasionally would kneel at the altar, but he had his back to the congregation… Continue reading Stand Up, Sit Down, Stand Up, Sit Down

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A Huge Lunch on Sunday

This is the first post in my series "That's Why We Do That?" Growing up, Sunday lunch was a big deal in my family. We would all head to my grandparents house where my grandmother would prepare an absolutely enormous meal for our close family - the five of us, my Aunt Laurie and her… Continue reading A Huge Lunch on Sunday