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Gossip Kills!!!

Image from Slovenian beehive of two demons sharpening a woman's tongue.

On the MarbleRoll to the right there is a website called .  A while back I signed up to get a daily email from them with all sorts of fun stuff about the Bible.  Well, every Monday they have a feature called “Monday with Mounce.”  He is a Greek scholar who breaks down the New Testament in fun and inspiring ways.  Today he broke from his tradition to address a critical issue- the issue of criticism and gossip.  It was so impactful that I wanted to share it word for word with you all.  The original post is found here

I am so thankful to be a part of a church with doesn’t look for negative everywhere.  That wants to grow and learn, be life-giving and powerful in the kingdom of God, that wants to be honoring and gracious.  There is an old saying, “Familiarity breeds contempt.”  The kingdom corrollary is “Familiarity breeds honor.”  I would much rather find the good in someone than focus on their faults!  Let’s work hard to change the stereotype the world has of Christians!  The devil has a hayday when Christians turn on eachother.  He doesn’t really have to do any work, cuz Christians do the work for him.

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The Definition of Worship?

What do you say worship is? 
Is worship the music portion of a “church service?”
Is worship the reading of God’s word?
What does the Bible say worship is?
Is it merely a block of time on a Sunday morning?
Is worship a posture or a look?

My friend Zac Hicks is a worship leader at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church.  He has a great blog all about worship, theology, and culture.  Recently he compiled some definitions from various big guns.  Here is that list.

I love this definition of worship by R.A. Torrey:   “Worship is the soul bowing itself in adoring contemplation before the object worshiped. To worship God is to bow before God in adoring contemplation of Himself.”

I remember some time back when we were in the thralls of Luke, looking at the temptation of Jesus in chapter four.  The second temptation has its roots in control and power.  Jesus points out the fact that whatever one thinks about, ruminates upon, ponders, and focuses on ends up being the ultimate thing in ones life.  Therefore “worshipping” on Father makes him ultimate in our lives.  Whatever it is we think about most is the thing we worship.  What is it that I make ultimate in my life?

I really enjoy this short article  by Pastor Andy Stanley on music and worship.  There is a cool download of a fun old hymn “It is Well.”

Just for fun here is the definition of worship:

wor·ship (wur-ship) noun, verb, -shiped, -ship·ing or ( especially British ) -shipped, -ship·ping.

1. reverent honor and homage paid to god or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.
2. formal or ceremonious rendering of such honor and homage: They attended worship this morning.
3. adoring reverence or regard: excessive worship of business success.
4. the object of adoring reverence or regard.
5. ( initial capital letter ) British . a title of honor used in addressing or mentioning certain magistrates and others of high rank or station (usually preceded by Your, His,  or Her ).
–verb (used with object)
6. to render religious reverence and homage to.
7. to feel an adoring reverence or regard for (any person or thing).
–verb (used without object)
8. to render religious reverence and homage, as to a deity.
9. to attend services of divine worship.
10. to feel an adoring reverence or regard.

Chris Tomlin/Louie Giglio Gig Review

Just the other night a bunch of us went to the Wells Fargo Theater downtown Denver for a Chris Tomlin/Louie Giglio deal.

If you have never been to a Chris Tomlin worship concert go here and make some serious plans to get there.  You will not regret it.

I think one of the best things about Chris’ music is the focus of his songs.  Recently I read an article on worship titled “The Show is Over” in Charisma Magazine all about the state of worship music in some of our churches in the States.  Stertzer interviewed folks from all over and makes some provocotive points.  Quoting the article she makes the statement- “Then in the ’90s, a lot of songs were in first person, with a focus on self: “I need” and “Lord, what can You do for me?”  In reflecting on Chris’ songs, I can’t recall his being of this ilk.  As we all sang together, what came to my mind was how each song pointed to, reflected on, and illuminated something about Father, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit.  We sang to and about God the entire time.  This was super refreshing. 

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St. Patrick’s Day 2011

St. Patrick holds up a shamrock to explain to King Laoghaire the nature of the trinity.

St. Patrick was newly arrived in Ireland in the year 433 when the eve of Easter Sunday coincided with the pagan feast of Beltaine. On the hill of Slane, visible across the valley from the High King’s seat on the Hill of Tara, he and his followers kindled the paschal flame in defiance of the royal edict that no fire be lit on that night except the bonfire of the Druids. “If that fire is not put out this night,” warned the Druids, “it will never be extinguished in the whole of Ireland.” During that night Patrick and his followers chanted the Faed Fiada or “Deer’s Cry” for protection, so named because the soldiers of King Laoghaire, sent to arrest the violators of the edict and put out the fire, saw only a mother doe and her fawns. The prayer also known as the Lorica or “St. Patrick’s Breastplate”. The Paschal fire was not extinguished that night and the next day, Easter Sunday, Patrick obtained permission from Laoghaire to preach Christianity in Ireland. The rest, as they say, is history. St. Patrick, ora pro nobis.

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

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Book Review- Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament “Galatians”

Quite a while back a DenSem buddy named Jon Clemence put out a Facebook comment that Zondervan was giving away one free new commentary to folks.  There was a group of four from which I could choose one.  The catch- the recipient had to review and/or promote the book on his or her blog.  At the time, I knew a blog was in the offing, but not public quite yet.  Now that “the Marble Madness Blog” is up and rolling (ha), I can make a concerted effort to maintain any semblance of integrity remaining within myself.

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