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Serial and the Question of Liturgy

Author: David RoarkCategory: Worship & Music, Culture

By now, you’ve probably heard of the latest NPR podcast, Serial. It’s being called the most popular podcast in iTunes’ history based on the amount of streams and downloads. From the creators of This American Life, the show follows one story over 12 weekly episodes. The inaugural season centers on a Baltimore murder in 1999, specifically the alleged guilt of the teenage perpetrator. The ...

Making Advent Count

Author: Anne Lincoln HolibaughCategory: Worship & Music, Family , Church Life

The Christmas season is quickly approaching. For some, it is already in full swing. This time of year offers many opportunities for families and friends to spend time together in celebration and active remembrance of Christ’s coming. It is a time for our hearts to be stirred and strengthened as we consider God’s unwavering faithfulness and unmatched love, shown in the sending of His Son.

Singing About the Cross

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Worship & Music, Theology

“Oh, that rugged cross, my salvation.” “Oh, the wonderful cross. Bids me come and die…” Have you ever been a little uncomfortable singing about the cross? The cross is just an instrument, just a tree, a tool used by God to save us. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit saved us, not the cross.

Beneath the Canopy

Author: John WarrenCategory: Worship & Music

Corporate singing on Sunday can easily turn into a spectator experience when people don't understand their role in the church body. We create worship together. It is a shared experience between our body and our Lord.

Worshiping in Silence

Author: Beth BroomCategory: Worship & Music

When I think of worship, I naturally think of music, nature, service and the study of Scripture. But there is another kind of worship that is equally pleasing to the Lord. Habakkuk 2:20 says, “But the Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him.” Scripture teaches us to be silent before the Lord in reverence and holy fear.

Strong Truth in a Simple Melody

Author: Michael BleeckerCategory: Worship & Music, Parenting

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 There are many ways a parent can “train up a child,” but one of my favorite ways is to teach God’s Word through a melody. Even before my oldest son was born, I would sing the words of the old hymn "Before the Throne of God Above" at night, hoping somehow the truth in that song would make ...