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Worship Shapes Us

Jared Taylor —  November 21, 2014 — 1 Comment

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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…

The Family Band

Jared Taylor —  November 6, 2014 — 1 Comment

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Grandpa Taylor was an impeccable whistler. Legend has it, one time a church brought him in as a guest singer and assigned him one of the special seats on the dais until his performance. During the prelude he was casually whistling along, as he was wont to do. When it came time for him to “minister through music” the pastor introduced him and said,

“Pastor Taylor, I couldn’t help but hear you whistling earlier and it so ministered to my soul that I wonder if, instead of singing the song you prepared, you would whistle it for us instead.”

Grandpa accepted. According to the story, by verse two, one hundred souls had been added to the Book of Life.

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Part 3 of 3 in the series The Message of the Stage

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In this series, we’re applying the concept “the medium is the message” to our modern church services. Last time I covered some recent church history and told you about some changes we made to our services at The Meeting House. This post will wrap up things up with some practical advice.

If you’ve stuck with me this far, I’ll assume you agree there’s tension between between the form and the content of a modern church service. A room set up like a rock concert sends a message that’s a least a tad out of alignment with Jesus’ humility and self-sacrificial love. But, as I’ve already hinted, I’m not ready to throw the whole thing away.

Under the Old Covenant, worship had a particular form based around tabernacle and temple. But, under the New Covenant, the gospel spread faster than any cultural form could keep up with! It’s no surprise that, after a few years, the early Christians backtracked to hash out some of the cultural implications of a movement that was rapidly losing touch with its Jewish roots. If you want to read up on the history, have a glance at Acts chapter 15.

I believe God can reach anyone precisely where they’re at, and He’s not afraid to roll up His sleeves and get His hands dirty. So I don’t believe there’s any disqualifying style or form of doing church. But that’s not the same as saying the form doesn’t matter. I believe it matters a lot. Continue Reading…

Just a Click?

Jared Taylor —  January 28, 2013 — 5 Comments

Hymnal Mousepad

I was ten years old when my parents put me to work at the church. It may shock you to know that I was both a trouble-maker and a smart aleck. But I had a knack for hooking up the family Nintendo so they signed me up for the tech team. My first assignment was the overhead projector.

Let me just say this: if you think running lyrics on a computer is hard, you didn’t live through the overhead projector era! Continue Reading…