Thursday, March 22, 2007

Thursday Thoughts

Thabiti Anyabwile asks an important question, "Which provokes more awe: An Evangelical Church Service of the U.S. Marines"  I have to say that in my experience many Evangelical worship services do not provoke much awe at all.  This was a good reminder to me of how important it is to strive to exalt God and His Son our Saviour Jesus Christ in worship.  Sadly, I am sure I have failed at that many times.

Over at Beauty and Depravity, there is an excellent post on Pastoral Health that points out that working as a pastor is now considered "one of the most dangerous or unhealthiest professions."  I wish I could say I did not see that in pastoral ministry, but in my own experience and in my interaction with other pastors, I see it all around me. 

Related to this Mark Driscoll post on how his health is being affected by ministry.  I have been there, and over the past month or so have been there.

Finally, Jim over at Old Truth posted a brief observation on Evangelism, Then and Now.


Shawn Abigail said...

Before you wonder why our worship services don't have a sense of awe, maybe we should ask the question, "what is worship". Most Christians will explicitly state or implicitly believe that worship is an emotion brought on by the right music or the right emotional manipulation by the worship leader. Good music can help with worship, but by itself it isn't worship.

I tend to think worship is more about being completely taken up by the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. It's taking what we know to be true about the Lord Jesus and presenting it back to the Father by the power of the Spirit. It's when your whole being wants to be like Christ because you love Him so much. It's alternating back and forth between who He is and what He has done. And when you experience a deep sense of satisfaction with Christ and hand it back to the Father, then you will have worshiped.

Even So... said...

He is risen indeed!

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