4 Songs to Use for Communion

When the body of faith comes together to celebrate communion, there is often a need for music to reflect the deep significance of the service and provide a musical reflection as people participate in communion. Fortunately, the influence of the ancient-future network of worship leaders has spawned a resurgence sacramental spirituality among a wide swath … [Read more…]

The Fifth Sunday of Lent -Anticipating the Ongoing Work of Christ

Texts: Isaiah 43:16-24; Psalm 73; Phil 3:8-14; Luke 20:9-19 As we approach Easter we must remember the roots of Easter as being formed in the crucible of the Passover celebration. Jesus had come to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover and it is in the context of this significant celebration that the events of … [Read more…]

Eating from the Tree of Life

Growing up I don’t recall much emphasis made of the two trees placed in the garden of Eden. The forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil is the one most of our attention was turned toward.  Ever today we rarely mention the tree of life. Perhaps it is the absence of restrictions placed … [Read more…]

GQ’s take on Hillsong Music

The music of Hillsong is a catalog of Selena Gomez-grade ballads, with melodies that all resemble one another, pleasingly, like spa music. They call to mind deeply sincere love songs, if it were appropriate to put phrases like my savior on that cursed tree and furious love laid waste to my sin and suffered violence … [Read more…]

Music Forming the Soul

As a teenager, music was my escape. I would come home from school put on a record, (yes I’m that old) place the speakers approximately 18 inches apart facing each other, and then lie down so that my head was between the speakers. This way I could experience loud music without it bothering the rest … [Read more…]

The Medium is the Message

Marshall McLuhan first coined this phrase. It is a profound statement which observes that the way a message is communicated provides the content of the message. In oral communication, some theorists suggest that as much as 93% of what is communicated happens through non-verbal communication. Only 7% of the message is contained in the actual … [Read more…]

Traversing the Mount

My spiritual journey has taken an interesting pathway. At first it seemed like something that would only be a waypoint on the grand journey of pursuing my doctorate. During one of the resident sessions I was introduced to the interpretive discipline of Biblical Performance Criticism. This discipline seeks to understand Scripture by seeing the text … [Read more…]

Hope of Resurrection

Genesis 22 tells the story of Abraham’s near sacrifice of his son Isaac. In the story, when Isaac points out the obvious that they do not have an animal to sacrifice, we catch of glimpse of Abraham’s mindset when he assures his son that God will provide the lamb. Put yourself in Abraham’s shoes. You … [Read more…]