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Worship Shapes Us

Jared Taylor —  November 21, 2014 — 1 Comment

Plastoceine-Cross

Google says worship is “the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.” This seems like a good definition. Worship is our response to God for who He is, what He’s done, for His character and acts of grace toward us. God delivers the goods, and we express our response in worship. Right?

Of course! It wasn’t a trick question. That is a true statement about worship, and one we’re not likely to disagree over.

And yet I don’t think worship as expression is a complete picture. I think there’s more going on when we gather. Here are a some questions to tinker with: What is God’s involvement in worship? What makes worship better or worse? If worship is our expression, then does the quality of worship depend on us? Does God need us to worship? If he does, then how can we say God is self-sustaining? If he doesn’t, then why do we spend so much time and effort on it? Continue Reading…

Does Excellence Honour God?

Jared Taylor —  October 29, 2014 — 7 Comments
The Meeting House - Christmas Eve 2013

a shot from our Christmas Eve service last year–a most excellent service.

Excellence honours God and inspires people.

This nugget of wisdom helped fuel the seeker-sensitive movement and these days it seems more popular than ever! I’ve been a part of some great organizations that affirmed this value, and leveraged it to do some great work with some really great people. But honestly this value statement has always made me a bit uncomfortable.

It can manifest itself in the belief among Christian artists that we should be “better” than “the world” at things like songwriting, film-making and laser-light shows. The conversation plays out something like this: Continue Reading…