Category Archives: Theology

Bring back the organ!

Throughout the 1990s, churches experimented with the “seeker-friendly” or “Willow Creek” philosophy of church marketing. One of the underlying premises of this philosophy was, if you want to attract “unchurched” people to your church, then the last thing your church … Continue reading

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Advent Worship: Week 1

I am not planning worship for any church(es) this Advent season, but if I were, here is what I would suggest. All Scriptures are the appointed readings for Advent from the Revised Common Lectionary. This list does not include all … Continue reading

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Liturgical Calendar: About those colors …

This is a sort of follow-up to my recent post that included a Liturgical Calendar for 2015-16. Some of you are not familiar with the use of color in liturgical worship, and others have grown up with these colors but … Continue reading

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Liturgical Calendar 2015-2016

This is a little “labor of love” I have been working on. Every year, my denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA), posts a liturgical calendar on its website, but I have never been happy with it for a couple of reasons: … Continue reading

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All I ever needed to know I learned in the church choir.

(Or: Why your church needs to have choirs if it doesn’t already.) Republishing this older article due to several requests: Throughout the church in recent years, the two biggest casualties of the “worship wars” have been the church choir and … Continue reading

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On the public reading of Scripture in worship

From the original Directory for the Publick Worship of God, composed by the Westminster Assembly. “Of Publick Reading of the Holy Scriptures” READING of the word in the congregation, being part of the publick worship of God, (wherein we acknowledge … Continue reading

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The Last Supper did not end until Good Friday

The following is an excerpt from my book Everyday Miracles: The Sacraments as Ordinary Means of Grace. The Synoptic Narratives of the “Last Supper.” The word “synoptic” means “seeing together.” We give this name to the first three Gospels–Matthew, Mark, … Continue reading

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