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Pandemics and Public Worship Throughout History
As the pandemic COVID-19 brings isolation and unprecedented challenges to congregations around the world, it can be of great comfort to reflect and learn about how Christian churches have responded to epidemics and pandemics throughout history.
Bibliography | March 23, 2020
Where Two or Three (Thousand) are Gathered: The Evolution and Influence of American Megachurch Worship
2020 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Workshop
Video | March 06, 2020
The Impact of History on Worship Today: Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Synod of Dort
2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Workshop
Audio | May 10, 2019
Storytelling and Testimony in Christian Worship
Celebrating its 150th anniversary led First Baptist Church of McMinnville, Oregon, into a practice of storytelling and testimony in worship. They learned how stories cross boundaries and time and connect people with God’s big story.
Feature Story | June 26, 2018
Classics, Ancient and Modern: A Historian's Recommendations for Thoughtful Christian Living
In the fourth century, Christian intellectuals, many of whom were educated in secular contexts, debated fiercely about the role of classical literature and culture in the life of the Church.
Audio | July 06, 2017
Faith Formation and Worship: A Worship Historian's View from the "End of the World"
Worship is a formative practice: through active engagement in liturgy, Christians are formed in a particular understanding of God, of others, and of themselves, and of what it means to live a Christian life in this world.
Video | June 30, 2017
Why the Church Needs History, Especially Now: A Historian's Vision for Equipping the Church
At a time of increasing cultural and political polarization, the North American church faces enormous challenges in embodying the unity of Christ and living out Christ's mission in this time and place.
Audio | June 28, 2017
Medieval Spirituality and Liturgy as a Source for Contemporary Worship
An annotated research guide from the field of history, exploring the relevance of medieval spirituality and liturgy for current worship practices.
Resource Guide | June 26, 2017
Our 95 Theses: Hispanic Perspectives on the Protestant Reformation
After beginning in Wittenberg, the Protestant Reformation surged among marginalized and exiled people. A new book by Latino and Latina Protestants, Catholics and Pentecostals explores that legacy.
Feature Story | November 30, 2016
Scholars Suggest How to Remember the Reformation
Seven scholars, pastors and musicians discuss how Protestants and Catholics can and should together observe the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017.
Conversation | June 01, 2016
Karin Maag on Calvin’s Geneva and the 500th Protestant Reformation Anniversary
Whether you observe Halloween, All Saints’ Day or Reformation Sunday, you probably know that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a church door on October 31, 1517 and that John Calvin promoted the Reformation in Geneva, Switzerland. Here’s why that still matters.
Conversation | October 27, 2015
Young R. Kim on Learning from a Fourth-Century Saint
Catholic and Orthodox Christians consider Epiphanius of Cyprus a saint because he was pious and opposed heresy. Protestants can learn from him as well.
Conversation | April 07, 2015
Lecciones del culto antiguo para la iglesia de hoy
Los descubrimientos del siglo pasado sobre el culto en la iglesia antigua muestran claramente que tanto el culto católico como el protestante habían perdido algunos elementos fundamentales que era necesario recuperar.
Video | March 19, 2015
Leading Worship in a Post-Christian, Low-Biblical Literacy Age
Practical Lessons from Church History about the Catechetical Dimensions of Worship.
Audio | March 11, 2015
Jerry Sittser on Growing through Adversity and Spiritual Practices
You probably gather for worship with both lifelong worshipers and those new to the Bible. Jerry Sittser mines the history of Christian spirituality for nuggets that give life to all levels of worshipers.
Conversation | January 06, 2015
How to Use Church at Worship Books
These case studies of worship in other times and places work well in personal devotions, small groups and classrooms.
Article | March 31, 2014
How to Discuss Church Worship Calmly and Productively
These case studies of worship in other times and places will give your congregation the freedom and framework to deepen your discussion of worship.
Feature Story | March 31, 2014
Does Worship Keep Your Understanding of God Too Small? Insights from Ancient Constantinople about the Transcendent in Worship
Worship today often stresses the nearness of God, on God as our personal friend. But God is much more. This session explored the setting and practices of worship in 6th century Constantinople to learn how they can contribute to our worship practices and larger understanding of the greatness of God
Audio | February 22, 2013