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Worshiping in Athens

Yesterday was a unique and wonderful experience for Norma Jean and me.

The day began in a most unusual way as we slept in until 11:00 am. That has never happened on a Sunday morning. Obviously, we were catching up on the missed sleep on the flight from the United States to Greece.

After enjoying some local coffee and Greek pastry, we ventured out to explore some of the sites close to our apartment. Following an enjoyable lunch with the best gyros I’ve ever eaten, we hurried back to our temporary home to get ready for the 6:00 p.m. worship service in English. Continue reading

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Should Churches Podcast Their Worship Services?

If Jesus were alive today with the availability of modern technology would He podcast the Sermon on the Mount?

According to Mercer Schuchardt, associate professor of communications at Wheaton College, the answer is “No.”

My friend and preaching colleague, Ralph Walker, recently shared with several preachers an article in Christianity Today by Schuchardt entitled, “How Podcasts Hurts Preaching. Continue reading

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Who (Or What) Do You Worship?

“Because here’s something else that’s true. In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshiping. Everybody worships.”

I recently saw the above quote posted on facebook by my friend and preaching colleague, Steve Wolfgang. It is from the late David Foster Wallace, an American writer and university instructor of creative writing. I was not familiar with Wallace’s works, although the L. A. Times called him “one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last 20 years.” Continue reading

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We Missed Church Sunday

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Norma Jean and I missed church Sunday.

The winter storm Titan came across KCMO Saturday and Sunday with sleet and snow, making travel hazardous, and forcing many churches to cancel services.  Including our Church Family at Hickman Mills.

The whole day was really weird for me.  Being home all day. Missing worship. Not preaching. Norma Jean and I really missed assembling with the saints.   What did we miss? Continue reading

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Praise the Lord!

CIMG5654Robert Jackson used to tell the story about a man who showed up one Sunday to worship in more formal, liturgical church than he was used to attending. The church was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. That made it all the more obvious when this visitor got excited about something the minister said and he shouted out “Praise the Lord!” Continue reading

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The Thrill of Meeting God

        WorshipGodBack in 1990 Paul Newman came to Kansas City to film the movie Mr. and Mrs. Bridge.  His presence caused quite a stir in the area where he was staying.  It was reported middle-aged women were up walking their dogs at 7 a.m. because it was reported Newman walked his dog in the park early in the morning. Continue reading

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Ten Qualities that Identify the Spirit of Worship

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Michael Catt was correct when he wrote, “If we are going to worship in Spirit, we must develop the spirit of worship.” Continue reading

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