What does the Bible tell us about corporate worship?

Talking about the connection between church context abuse and a shallow view of worship the other day, I mentioned a debate about whether corporate worship was primarily a corporate activity, addressed to God or a horizontal activity addressed to one another. I would like to investigate that question a little further with a quick lookContinue reading “What does the Bible tell us about corporate worship?”

The connection between faulty views of worship and abusive cultures

What has our view of corporate worship got to do with the problem of abuse in the church? Well, it struck me during a conversation on social media that it might have quite a bit. The discussion was about whether or not corporate worship is primarily horizontal or vertical.  I intend to engage in aContinue reading “The connection between faulty views of worship and abusive cultures”

How might the Psalms help us in our walk and worship?

Yesterday I wrote about why we do not need to sing the Psalms. In response, I’ve heard from people about how helpful they personally and their churches have found singing them.  It is important not to confuse two things here. It is very different to say “you don’t have to sing them”  to saying “youContinue reading “How might the Psalms help us in our walk and worship?”

And breathe – you don’t need to sing The Psalms

One of the big changes with The Reformation was a movement towards congregational singing. Prior to that, the expectation was that the laity sat and observed whilst the clergy performed the mass.  So Reformed and Lutheran churches seeking to involve all members in gathered worship began to provide metrical versions of Psalms (with words setContinue reading “And breathe – you don’t need to sing The Psalms”

Hymn Wars: What our contemporary worship lacks

There are some internal Christian disagreements that raise their head just when you least expect them to.  Worship wars is one of them. There has been a long history of seeing the contemporary music of your era as deficient to tradition and compromised. At the same time, those writing newer hymns and songs have determinedlyContinue reading “Hymn Wars: What our contemporary worship lacks”

Contemporary worship songs by subject

One of the things many people involved in leading worship miss about having a traditional hymn book is the provision of an index that sorts songs by subject. The benefits of such an index are twofold. First, it enables you to choose songs linked to the specific sermon theme that week, secondly it enables youContinue reading “Contemporary worship songs by subject”

Are we commanded to sing?

This is a little follow up to my articles on singing in our hearts and on the Creeds. One of the questions that keeps coming up is about the command to sing corporately.  This is particularly important for people who follow what is sometimes referred to as “The Regulative Principle.”  There are two approaches toContinue reading “Are we commanded to sing?”

Moving out of lockdown – update

Over the summer we have been opening up the Chapel building every Sunday morning for a few people to come along and watch the service together. We have continued to provide a live stream service from different homes over that time. Today, we had our first go at running a live service from the buildingContinue reading “Moving out of lockdown – update”

Kings and nations tremble at his voice

I’m reposting this article from 2016.  It offers reflection on how we respond to geo-political turmoil. The opening paragraph refers to the Brexit referendum, to David Cameron, Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Donald Trump’s election as US President.  It seems pertinent today as we reflect back both on 4 years of turmoil. Brexit eventually happenedContinue reading “Kings and nations tremble at his voice”