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Links in the Liturgy
Are all of the elements of the worship liturgy independent stand-alone items? If so, no effort is needed to tie them together. However, if they are all parts of a continuous worship journey, then flow from one to the next is critically important. What we think of as "transitions" are key. If they are done poorly the flow of the worship journey is broken. If done well they enhance the richness of the entire worship experience. In this sectional we'll explore how to link the liturgy into a smooth flowing journey.
Audio | March 04, 2014
Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works
How does the narrative arc of historic Christian worship uniquely tap into our nature as narrative animals?
Audio | February 28, 2014
Leading the Liturgy
The role and function of a worship leader should not be underestimated. The level of engagement for worshipers in a worship service often is influenced directly by the way in which a worship leader functions. The quality of the sermon, the significance of the music and the content of the liturgy needs to be matched by the engaging manner in which the worship leader serves.
Article | February 01, 2013
Baptizing the Nations: Mission, Culture, and Liturgy in the Gospel of Matthew
Research/writing project for 2003 Luce Seminar, “Prospects of Historic Liturgies in a Postmodern Age.” A work in progress.
Academic Article | May 15, 2012
Abraham Kuyper: Our Worship (Book Excerpt)
This new English translation of Onze Eredienst offers Abraham Kuyper's clearest thinking on worship and liturgy.
Book Excerpt | November 29, 2011
Toward a Liturgical Aesthetic
An interdisciplinary Review of Aesthetic Theory
Article | March 10, 2011
Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation (Book Excerpt)
Smith reshapes the very project of Christian education, focusing around the themes of liturgy, formation, and desire. The author contends--as did Augustine--that human beings are "desiring agents"; in other words, we are what we love.
Book Excerpt | October 18, 2010
A More Profound Alleluia (Book Excerpt)
Convinced that worship and theology are intimately connected, the authors of A More Profound Alleluia show in practical terms how liturgy and doctrine fruitfully illuminate each other.
Book Excerpt | October 18, 2010
The Worship Sourcebook (Book Excerpt)
A comprehensive guide to planning worship, The Worship Sourcebook offers a collection of calls to worship, prayers of confession, and other spoken prayers and litanies.
Book Excerpt | October 15, 2010
Worship Words Too Important to Neglect
In Worship Words, Debra and Ron Rienstra show why and how to give more attention to your church's worship language.
Feature Story | September 30, 2008
An Invitation to 'The Liturgy of the Hours'
From the age of the Apostles, to the Early Church Fathers, to the Middle Ages, to the present, we are invited to join that great cloud of witnesses who have worshiped God around the clock from hour to hour, from one time-zone to the next, in ceaseless prayer and praise. This session explored how to incorporate the rhythm of what some call 'The Liturgy of the Hours' into busy contemporary life.
Audio | January 01, 2008