“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” — Colossians 3:16 Many of you know, either by following me around on Twitter or Facebook, or even here, that I am… Continue reading The Challenge of Derek
I have a lot of friends, from all kinds of branches. And I’ve had them for many years. I’ve frequented numerous churches, can worship somewhat comfortably in almost any style, and love to see diversity in a congregation. And it’s led me on quite an internal journey: how can I have all of these friends… Continue reading The Charity of Conscience
What’s really the value of liturgy? Is it some kind of hindrance to God, or is it a grace-door to experience him?
This isn’t going to be answered in a post, so hopefully I will stay away from rambling. That said, I think the question of how a Christian approaches liturgy matters for a good portion of their walk in the Faith.
When is a church not a “church”? When it’s by itself…
… I believe Characteristic #1 of the Present-Generation Church is “Ecumenical.” Those in my generation, mostly, see a great need to find common ground, a strong yearning for the fruit of a whole vine. Jesus was always sharing meals with people; even the ones society around Him thought were detestable, and would contaminate a person. Well, might I say that there’s no larger or better banquet than a potluck.
God will meet you without a church building. He will also meet you without a building, period.