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Americanism 1: Can Liposuction Cure the Soul?


I work in the Emergency Department of a hospital. This morning a man came up to the desk, and after briefly describing his symptoms he said:

Come to think of it, there's nothing that 100 pounds of liposuction, a new liver, and a career change wouldn't cure.

I laughed for about five minutes, then I cried because of my own consumerist, materialist, hedonist mentality.

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New Christ-Centered Songs


Vineyard Music has traditionally produced songs majoring on the love and presence of God. In this their latest album, Stand In Awe, due out July 10th, many of the songs are centered on the person and work of Christ. The Church will find these songs more useful and edifying than most Contemporary Praise & Worship songs as worshippers will be challenged to dive into the deeper waters of the faith. Accompanying the thoughtful lyrics of these songs are beautifully crafted melodies together leaving us no choice but to stand in awe of our great Savior.

...and I composed track four, "Christ Is Exalted." Have a listen.

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Take Up Your Oar


Christian worship, by and large, is a great sail ship which we men have been steering in the wrong direction. The ship must be turned around, but there is only One strong and wise enough to lead us. The Father is the Navigator, Christ is the Captain at the helm, the Holy Spirit is the Wind in the sails, and we are presented with a choice. We can either jump-ship or row-ship (worship).

Coincidentally, as I was browsing Google Images for a ship, I happened upon an essay, "The Under Rowers," by physicist-turned-Bible-teacher Lambert Dolphin. In it he remarks on Luke's use of the Greek word huperetes, ministers, to open his Gospel. Here is an excerpt:

Huperetes (from hupo, under, and eretes, a rower) came to mean any subordinate acting under another's direction. But the literal meaning of the word is quite instructive. I could not help but feel that a whole new generation of Christians needs to be fully informed of our calling to be under rowers in the service of our Captain Jesus.

We urge you to join us as together we let go of the wheel and head down below the deck and take up our oars.

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Introduction to Reform worship.


"Reform worship." is an opportunity for us to better serve the church by improving our theological and practical understanding of worship.

Ask 100 people to define worship and you'll get 150 different answers. Definitions will range from "mass" to "praise choruses" to "a life pleasing to God." Many will mention something about their heart of passion and love for God, while others will speak of blessings of heavenly fire and rain. Some see worship as adoring and glorifying God, and many see it as a time for God to adore them. Is worship an object or an action? A means to an end or an end in itself? Is it for God or for us? Does worship include all of these things? The purpose of this blog is to discover God's definition of worship and to conform our ways to His.

There are many good and exciting things happening in the church today concerning worship. At the same time there are several beliefs, practices, and cultural accommodations that are not compatible with God's ways. We will be addressing these issues in this blog.

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