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Marble’s Monday Menagerie 12.24.2012

A great article debunking some of the contemporary ideas about what makes a church grow.

Some folks find the Lord of the Rings movies hard to follow.  Here is some advice on how to watch and appreciate “The Hobbit.”

CRBC has a higher than average worship leader in Adam Pacheco.  Most churches are not as fortunate.

Before you get too excited about buying a lottery ticket to fix all your financial problems, consider this winner.  Or maybe he was a loser??

Some great historical information on jolly ol’ St. Nick.

For the theologians in the crowd who like to ruminate on the Trinity, here is a good one.

National Flag in a Church Sanctuary?

This is a great topic for thought and discussion.  Should or should not a national flag be vividly displayed in a Christian Church setting?  Additionally, should those in attendance ever say the pledge to said flag?  Is that a part of a ceremony which honors Jesus?  Does that detract from honor to the Kingdom of God?

It is a heated discussion when folks on either side have deeply ingrained beliefs either way.  It can even bring division within a church.

Here is an article I enjoyed and seemed to run across again regarding this issue.  I would be interested in hearing your perspective.   Link here.

“Our Children Don’t Get Anything Out of the Service”: Worship as Training for Life

If I got a dollar for every time I heard this statement, “I don’t get anything out of the service,” I’d have a bunch of dollars.  The deliverer of the statement has come in many shapes and sizes, ages, so-called “religious experiences,” seminary degrees, and religious forms.  There are a multitude of reasons why some have experiences with Father and some do not.  IMHO the reasons are not extrinsic, but intrinsic.  If one does not have an awe for the Majesty, it is difficult to get past the formalities of a church worship service in order to engage the speaker and his/her text to have a life-changing experience. 

Nevertheless, here is a fun article by David Fitch at reclaimingthemission.com regarding some of the ins and outs of this age old dilemma.  Here is the website.  Here is the article:

I have a six year old. Truth be told, if we would let him, he would sit in front of the television for hours consuming hours of programming about sharks. But we (Rae and I) don’t allow it. “One hour a day!” we say. Why? Because, if we do let him watch that much TV, the child’s brain will turn to mush. He will never learn how to engage the social world. He will be become passive. He will probably gain a lot of weight. He will learn to live life from the vantage point of the remote control.

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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 Dictionary.com definition of worship:

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

–noun
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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