The further removed I get from my seminary days, the more I realize how much I missed while I was there. For example, I would have taken full advantage of a fellowship opportunity Bob Webber offered every week. We'd all walk to Starbucks after class, he'd buy us drinks, and we'd casually discuss life, theology, culture, anything and everything. I could kick myself for only attending one or two of these.

But perhaps the biggest mistake I made was skipping out on student chapel. In my three years of school I attended only a handful of these. I am now realizing how foolish I was. Chapel was an opportunity for me to apply through worship all of the knowledge I had been accumulating in my studies. And regular worship within the gathered community of students would have made my heart fertile for receiving more of the truth. Indeed, it would have shaped my understanding. I was too busy complaining about the fact that the school didn't offer any classes on the subject of worship, which kind of is a shame (I had to take my worship courses with Bob at a different school), but my frustration kept me from worshiping. My current lament was brought on by something I just read from Bob's pen in Ancient-Future Worship on page 40.

In a world where worship follows the culture and becomes like another TV program - presenting, entertaining, satisfying to religious consumerism - it is no wonder that even a pastor trained in seminary knows little to nothing about the meaning of worship.

Bob continues,

The problem goes even deeper, however. It goes to the heart of the Good News. Worship - daily, weekly, yearly - is rooted in the gospel. And when worship fails to proclaim, sing, and enact at the Table the Good News that God not only saves sinners but also narrates the whole world, it is not only worship that becomes corrupted by the culture, it is also the gospel. Not only has worship lost its way, but the fullness of the gospel, the story which worship does, has been lost.

Let's allow the gospel to shape our worship, and let's allow our worship to shape our understanding.

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