Are You Leeching the Local Church?
Sep 21, 2014
I used to think the local church would cramp my style and build a barrier to authentic spirituality. That idea died when a pastor said something that disturbed me.
Seven Reasons to Celebrate Advent
Nov 30, 2015
I didn’t grow up with Advent, but I have grown to love it. It is not mandated in Scripture, but there are good reasons to consider making it part of your December.
What Happens When the Spirit Falls?
Feb 28, 2016
We often pray and ask for the Spirit to fall in corporate worship, but what does that mean? What would it look like for God to answer that prayer this weekend?
Fight Anxiety Without Fear
May 10, 2016
Anxiety is a strong and elusive enemy who buries himself deep inside of us. We need God’s light to see into the darkness and help us fight.
You Only Live Once?
Get Free from the Tyranny of YOLO
May 26, 2015
It might surprise some Millennials to hear that one of our generational battle cries is fairly old school. The popular acronym YOLO (you only live once) has captured the hearts of many an emerging hedonist (and not the Christian kind)…
Corporate Worship Is Better Than Your Quiet Time
Oct 26, 2014
It’s Sunday morning. You finally made it through the one lane of traffic not quarantined by the orange cones that descended overnight like locusts. You carefully maneuver the parking labyrinth as your child kicks the back of your car seat. . . .
Our Sins Are Many, His Mercy Is More
May 21, 2017
No sin is so small that we don’t need God’s forgiveness, or so big that we can’t find it in Jesus.
Sing Like Men
Jan 29, 2017
Heartless masculinity that refuses to express itself in song is a counterfeit. True manhood is too impressed with the glory of God to be emotionless.
The Church Is Not Your Frat House
Apr 12, 2015
In college, I joined a club that sought to foster a sense of community through secrecy. We sought to build fraternity through exclusivity, private ritual experiences, and of course, password-handshakes.
The Edible Sermon
Three Reasons We Eat Together
Sep 2, 2017
The Lord’s Supper is not an arbitrary practice for Christians. Eating bread and drinking wine become an edible sermon for those who feast on Christ in faith.
Leave Your Poker Face at the Door
Nov 9, 2014
One of the things we tell our worship team volunteers is that “bad poker players” make great worship leaders...
Put on Your Priestly Robe
Nov 30, 2014
God made you a royal priest to proclaim his excellencies. We proclaim him to the nations, but also to our brothers and sisters.
Only Our God Speaks
Sep 25, 2016
The Christian God is a God of promises and demands, of vows and instruction and holy warnings — he is the God who speaks. Only the voice of this God can speak life into our worship.
Worship Is Our Weekly Detox
Jul 12, 2015
The plans were all set — with no time to wait for the weather to clear up. Five college freshman piled into a silver Saturn Ion to make the drive from Dallas to Chicago as an ice storm stretched across…
Do You Play Hide-and-Seek in Worship?
Nov 13, 2016
Christians worship the only God who sees us as we are all the time. So when we come to worship Jesus, we can’t hope to hide, but we can expect to be found.
Godward Together on Sunday Morning
Oct 18, 2015
Every worship team must decide how much of each Sunday will be vertical, and how much will be horizontal. Much of what we do, though, in the Christian life and in Christian worship cannot be called just one or the other. No, our loves for God and one another are intimately and critically related.