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Ken Boer on Scripture Memorization Methods
Memorizing Bible verses and passages can enrich family, school, and church communities. Internalizing God’s Word, whether by music or another method, helps Christians meditate, pray, and grow closer together with God and each other.
Conversation | May 17, 2023
Power Distance and Preaching
María Eugenia Cornou invites reflection on how power distance impacts the role of the preacher, how scripture is viewed and interpreted, and the act of preaching.
Video | May 08, 2023
How Hymnody Can Help Diversify Contemporary Worship
Contemporary-worship congregations are rediscovering hymns as treasuries of theological depth that express the full range of emotions and Scripture. Singing hymns together helps people connect across generations and cultures.
Feature Story | March 13, 2023
Public Worship and the Christian Life
A podcast produced by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Audio | Podcast | December 09, 2022
Bridging the Gap Between Youth Ministry and Worship Ministry: A Conversation with Emily Andrews and Mallory Johnson
In this edited conversation, Emily Andrews, executive director of the Center for Worship and the Arts at Samford University, and Mallory Johnson, a student at Beeson Divinity School, discuss the role of mentoring and training in promoting teen leadership in public worship.
Conversation | October 07, 2022
Resources by N.T. Wright Related to Christian Public Worship
Nicholas Thomas Wright, known as N. T. Wright or Tom Wright, is an English New Testament scholar, Pauline theologian and Anglican bishop. He was the bishop of Durham from 2003 to 2010. He served as research professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St Mary's College in the University of St Andrews in Scotland until 2019, when he became a senior research fellow at Wycliffe Hall at the University of Oxford.
Audio | Video | July 19, 2022
N.T. Wright on Christian Public Worship
In this series of 14 videos, Tom Wright and John D. Witvliet explore key terms in public worship drawn from scripture in order to offer fresh insights for consideration.
Video | July 13, 2022
Engaging in Learning, Growing in Faith
As part of the 35th annual Calvin Symposium on Worship in Feb. 2022, twenty guests spoke with about 200 students in various courses and student organizations about the relationship between public worship and their areas of study. The program demonstrates the catalytic connections that can be made and faith formation that can happen through integrating attention to Christian practices in all areas of study.
Article | April 27, 2022
The 'Jazz' of Worship Planning
Convictions and suggestions for planning public Christian worship services that welcome and make room for all
Article | January 20, 2022
Shively T. J. Smith on Visualizing Christian Faith through Howard Thurman's Metaphors
Rather than starting with words and theories of interpretation, scholar Shively T. J. Smith uses Howard Thurman's metaphorical imagery to help congregations visually process how they understand scripture and live out their Christian faith.
Conversation | January 19, 2022
Public Worship and CQ: Formative Practices for Loving God and Our Neighbors
A conversation on cultural intelligence with Kai Ton Chau and Satrina Reid
Video | December 02, 2021
Biblical Storytelling and the Drama of the Bible
In this conversation, actor, playwright, and professor Jeff Barker shares with pastor Paul Ryan his journey in Biblical storytelling as way to help students and worshiping communities hear and see the importance of scripture memorization, speaking the text, and reclaiming 'the plays' of the Bible.
Video | December 02, 2021
Navajo Christians Build Relationships through Scripture and Culture
Window Rock Christian Reformed Church used a Vital Worship Grant project to connect with more people by engaging scripture in ways reflective of Navajo cultural practices.
Feature Story | December 01, 2021
Modern Day Prophets: How Artists and Activists Expand Public Worship
A conversation with Nikki Toyama-Szeto and Noel Snyder
Conversation | November 18, 2021
Christ-Centered Pathways of Reconciliation in Christian Life and Worship
What can ministry and worship look like among people who are bitterly opposed to each other? Around the world, congregations gather for worship every week, defining themselves by how they’re different from other nearby Christian worshiping communities. Sometimes these communities carry with them memories of violence, genocide, and the resulting immeasurable trauma. Reflect on insights from Christian leaders in Rwanda, Ukraine, and Hungary about their call to walk in step with the Holy Spirit on journeys of Christ-centered reconciliation, noticing the significant role public worship plays in announcing, praying for, and modeling renewed patterns of Christian life. This is a YouTube Video Premiere panel discussion.
Video | November 15, 2021
Youth, Liturgy, and Life to the Full: A Conversation with Tim O'Malley and Elizabeth Tamez Méndez
In this conversation Catholic theologian and educator Tim O'Malley of the McGrath Institute for Church Life reflects on the significance of several key values in the lives of youth that work together to form lives shaped by scripture and transformed by God.
Conversation | Video | November 11, 2021
Sounds of Latino Worship
A service of scripture, song, and prayer in Spanish & English led by Carlos Lemagne, Program Coordinator at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Worship Service | November 10, 2021
Visio Divina: Sacred Seeing to Encounter God
Just as lectio divina invites people to meditate on scripture, visio divina helps people pray with art. Visio divina, which translates as “divine seeing,” uses silence and images to help worshipers reflect and respond to God in ways other than listening to a sermon or singing praise songs.
Feature Story | November 03, 2021
Resource Guide for Worship and Intergenerational Ministry with Youth
Public worship and congregational ministries shape the practices of Christian congregations and are a powerful means to strengthen intergenerational worshiping communities for their formative role in the lives of all churchgoers, including youth and the ministries that support and enrich their religious and spiritual lives.
Resource Guide | November 02, 2021