Lament is ingrained into the culture of Jesus’ people and will be until he returns. That’s why we recently added a corporate prayer of lament to our public worship.
Over time, C. S. Lewis came to see the dangers in both individualism and collectivism in Christian worship. More importantly, he came to see how the church is the antidote to both.
Through the liturgies of the Reformation, evangelical doctrine was as much caught in public worship as it was taught in published writings.
The local church was never meant to be a cultural, comfortable, bourgeois social club that affirms people in their idolatry and helps them along on a journey to their “best life now.” It was meant to be a counterculture, a set-apart community embodying a radically different vision for human flourishing.
Of all the Reformers, Luther knew the ways in which Christianity struck deep emotional chords in the heart of the believer. But this meant he paid more attention, not less, to the words and the appropriateness of the music.
Jonathan Leeman and Mark Dever discuss the benefits and best practices of hosting a regular church-wide prayer gathering—in addition to the Sunday service.
Mailbag #72: Small Groups with Christians from Other Churches? . . . Which Churches Should We Pray for Publicly?By Jonathan Leeman | 02.16.2018
— What do you think about small group Bible studies and prayer groups comprised of Christians from different churches? — How do you determine which churches to pray for publicly?
Let us not give lip-service to the importance of congregational singing if we’re not willing to back that up with some devotion to education.
What goes into planning the Sunday gathering? Who should pick the songs, the Scripture readings, the types of prayer?
Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman interview Matt to talk about the reasons behind this transition.
— Is preaching required in missionary contexts, or do Bible studies suffice? — “Closed communion” seems exclusive and arrogant. Is it in the Bible?
The Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century restored the gospel to the sacraments and the sacraments to the congregation.
Schweizer’s arguments for a perpetually developing polity are unpersuasive because they depend on faulty arguments regarding differences among the apostles.
Should Sundays be more like a funeral or a festival?
If You, O LORD, should mark iniquities, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, through Christ Jesus.