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The “Worship” Service, and Why Mine Doesn’t Sound Like Yours

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This sounds suspiciously like rock and/or roll!

It’s another week, so I’ve seen yet another article on Facebook or Twitter about how ___________________ is slowly destroying worship in our churches.  It’s usually a critique of contemporary worship culture, and often, it’s presented as “Hey, I’m only saying this because I’m concerned!”  Now, I do appreciate people who have genuine concerns.  Unfortunately, though, in my experience, most of these writers are just usually annoyed by __________________, and they want it gone.

It’s always phrased as a concern for the state of worship, though – whatever the _________________ might be, it’s destroying worship as we know it.

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So, What’s Really Wrong?

I’ve been following a pretty interesting (and at times eye-roll inducing) discussion on Facebook this morning about the issue of whether or not Christians should drink alcohol.  It’s not the alcohol part that interests me (for a good evaluation of that debate, check out Mark Driscoll’s FAQ on the issue), but another idea that was popping up in the debate.  Basically, the position that bothers me goes like this:

It may not be a sin to drink alcohol, but Paul says we shouldn’t do anything that would offend a weaker brother – so then just because you can drink it, you shouldn’t if it would offend anyone.  And, of course, the people making this claim are happy to assume the status of the “weaker brother”, so you basically have to hide in a cave and never mention it if you want to drink.

So, basically, Paul says it’s okay, and Jesus did it himself, but I don’t like it, so you’d better never let me catch you doing it.

There are a lot of problems with that, most notably the idea that you can just claim you’re the weaker brother because you don’t like something that a) you know is perfectly acceptable and/or b) you’re never going to be tempted to do.  I’ve got a long blog post about that in my head, but I thought I’d start with another issue that’s somewhat related – the Biblical requirement to “abstain from all appearance of evil”.

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Posted by on January 14, 2014 in Christian Life

 

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Churches and Social Media

250px-TwitterI read an interesting article today by Brandon Cox, who I follow because he’s planting a church in Northwest Arkansas, which is an area I’ve always felt called to.  I think that’s a God thing, but sometimes I suspect it could also be related to the Catfish Hole and easy access to Razorback games.

Also, I follow him because he follows me on Twitter.  Continuing the trend of personal honesty, I don’t have a lot of Twitter followers, so I tend to cling like grim death to the few I have.  (Honesty Update: I currently have 33 followers, and one of those is a joke account I made for our cat.)

(On a related note.  @bs_townsend.  Do it.)

Anyway, back to Twitter.  That’s why I recognize the name Brandon Cox when I see it on an article, and it also happens to be what his article was about in the first place – Who Invented Social Media?  His premise is that, since God invented social media – which he defines as “the sharing of information through relationships” – why are we, as Christians, so terrified of exploiting it?

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Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Christian Life, Technology

 

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Reading Roundup (Also: Absence Makes the Heart Something Something.)

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Yeah. Just like that.

So, it’s been a while since I blogged.  Like, half a year or so.  But one of my New Year’s resolutions is to blog more, so here I am.  I mean, I’ve got a couple of other ones I’m working on, but I’m going to keep those under wraps for the time being – that way, if I fail, then I don’t have to tell anyone.

Just kidding.

In fact, I’m part of a neat project called 30 Days of Hustle that’s providing a lot of encouragement and accountability to keep grinding on all the things I’d like to do this year.

That said, let’s take a look at what I’ve been reading this week:

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Posted by on January 4, 2014 in Christian Life, Preaching, Religion

 

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There Oughtta Be A Law

I’ve had several potential blog posts running through my head this week.  Unfortunately, I can’t quite seem to get them to coalesce when I sit down to write.  So, I’m going to give up and go do something distracting for a while.  It’ll probably include drinking a lot of tea and possibly sampling from the McDonald’s late-night menu.  (Sausage biscuits *and* french fries?  Sign me up!)

Before I do that, though, I want to get one thing down on virtual paper – why, do we as Christians, have this bizarre belief that we can legislate morality?

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Posted by on June 28, 2013 in Christian Life, Religion

 

Turning Things Around

This article – Six Recent Lessons I Learned From Turnaround Churches – slipped across my twitter feed this afternoon, and I found it incredibly interesting.  Thom Rainer’s been studying churches for years, and one of his recent projects has been studying churches that turned around – that went from dying and declining to growing and prospering in their communities.  The article lists six things, but the very last one stood out to me the most:

The leaders began to focus less on negative people and circumstances and more on God’s possibilities. The leaders became, in God’s power, people of faith instead of people of fear. This spirit of faith became pervasive in the churches. Many of the churches saw a negative and unbelieving church culture become a positive and faith-believing culture.

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Posted by on June 23, 2013 in Christian Life

 

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Weekly Reading Roundup

Here’s a look at what I’ve been reading this week – stuff that made me laugh, made me groan, or made me think:

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Posted by on June 22, 2013 in Christian Life, Food, Preaching

 

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