Ancient History, History, Medieval History

The Church of the Resurrection, part 3

The previous post made a passing reference to the building of the Dome of the Rock which still sits on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The construction of this shrine and the remaking of the Temple Mount as a Muslim holy site is significant enough that we should consider it before continuing the story of… Continue reading The Church of the Resurrection, part 3

Church, Worship

Singing Theology

In November, I will be teaching a series called "Singing Theology." We will be talking quite a bit about music and worship. Over the years, my thinking on this issue has swung back and forth a bit. On Sunday, our congregation sang people's favorite hymns. Generally, we worship using music from many different ages. We… Continue reading Singing Theology

Church, Doesn't Fit in a Category, Prayers

Restraint or Enabling?

Without the integrity of the game, what do you have? A bunch of big, strong, angry men who have reached their breaking point. Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston Last night, the Patriots lost to the Ravens. Make no mistake - the Patriots lost that game. They had a couple crucial errors in pass coverage that allowed… Continue reading Restraint or Enabling?

Ancient History, Doesn't Fit in a Category, History

A Deeply Troubling Moment

The Scriptures contain some very, very strange passages. There are things in the Bible that make even the most committed readers shake their heads in confusion. One of the all-time strangest passages is 1 Kings 22. Why? Just read it. Here's a little context. Ahab b. Omri became king of Israel in 873 BCE. His… Continue reading A Deeply Troubling Moment

Church, General

Preach As If the Scriptures Mean Something

James MacDonald recently posted "Five Things We Do Instead of Preach." I won't reiterate the points he made, all of which are valid. I once had a pastor tell me that he was too busy to prepare sermons, which was why he bought and borrowed series from well-known ministries rather than write his own. Sure, he… Continue reading Preach As If the Scriptures Mean Something

Church, Worship

The Content of Worship

Recently, someone showed me a "new worship song". They were so excited about the way it made them feel closer to God. The "new worship song" opened with a pretty, melodic piano piece and was then followed by a single phrase - something like "I want to see you" - repeated five or six times… Continue reading The Content of Worship

Church, Worship

Break Away from the Myths

Myths are powerful things. They are stories that might have some grounding in truth but are usually expanded far beyond their original scope. They drive and control the lives of those who accept them as fact without considering whether they align with reality. Recently, I sent a link to this article from Jon Nicol about worship… Continue reading Break Away from the Myths