Our friends over at Inside Worship posted a wonderful short interview with N.T. Wright on "Reclaiming Worship," conducted by Dan Wilt from WorshipTraining.com. In the interview Wright offers some of his thoughts on the biblical picture of worship (Rev. 4-5), worship and creation (Gen. 1-2), how history should impact our worship today, and a couple concerns he has with our contemporary expressions of worship.

I was particularly challenged by his tradition's high practice of Scripture reading in daily and weekly worship, versus our "almost cavalier" treatment of Scripture in worship.

When you read Scripture during an act of worship this is not simply to give people information that they might have forgotten about... It's actually that you're telling the story of the mighty acts of God, and that reading Scripture is itself an act of worship--it is praising God because God is the God who is the God of that story. And to be able to lay that out--step by step, day by day, week by week--is hugely important.

I also enjoyed his encouragement for the use of corporate prayers in worship.

I have been amused sometimes to see that even within in the freest of free church traditions sometimes people come upon these great old prayers...and they say, "My goodness, that absolutely says what in my very best moments I really want to say, and it says it so beautifully that the very act of saying it is an act of praise and celebration." And then they think, "My goodness, it's a set prayer, ought I to be doing that?" And the answer is, "Well, yes. If the Holy Spirit helped that person pray like that, why shouldn't you come in on his coattails." Do we have to be such rampant, Western individualists that we can't bear the humility of learning from somebody else?

I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend taking 20 minutes to LISTEN TO THIS INTERVIEW!

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