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Readings in African American Church Music and Worship, Volume 2 (published 2014)Publisher: GIA Publications
This volume is a vivid testimony to the value of examining the variety and dynamism of African American church music and worship from multiple, overlapping points of view, from both realist and idealist voices, with a focus on gaining wisdom.
Publication | June 12, 2014
A History of Worship in the Christian Reformed Church
An article written by Bert Polman about the history of worship practices in the Christian Reformed Church.
Article | March 12, 2014
Cultivating Congregational Hospitality
An exploration of some ways that Christian congregations, depending upon the Spirit’s empowering presence, can become generous, welcoming places for tired, thirsty travelers, both guest and host alike, to refresh and bring blessing to one another and thus serve as signposts of the Gospel.
Audio | March 04, 2014
Worship in Korean Christian Communities
The tapestry of Korean worship practices emerged in the context of other religious traditions, war and post-war growth, and a Korean consciousness of struggle and suffering.
Audio | February 17, 2014
Psalms for Families: Devotions for All Ages (published 2013)Publisher: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Psalms for Families is a devotional e-book for the entire family designed to help parents explore the riches of the book of Psalms with their children and teens. These devotionals will help parents learn more about the psalms as they teach about praise, prayer, and lament.
Publication | November 27, 2013
Reading for Preaching: The Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets, and Journalists (published 2013)Publisher: Eerdmans
Though aimed especially at preachers, this beautifully written book will benefit anyone interested in the wisdom to be derived from reading.
Publication | October 31, 2013
What is Worship Renewal?
A summary of the meanings and implications of vital worship.
Article | September 23, 2013
Teens, Worship, and Faith Formation
Sharon Veltema on how worship plays a formative role in the faith development of teens.
Article | September 10, 2013
Words to Grow Into: The Psalms as Formative Speech
An excerpt taken from Forgotten Songs: Reclaiming the Psalms for Christian Worship, written by John D. Witvliet.
Article | August 22, 2013
Arts Ministry: Nurturing the Creative Life of God's People (published 2013)Publisher: Eerdmans
The best available guidebook to the emerging field of Christian arts ministry.
Publication | August 22, 2013
Longing for Jesus: Worship at a Black Holiness Church in Mississippi, 1895-1916 (published 2013)Publisher: Eerdmans
The Church at Worship is a series of documentary case studies of specific worshiping communities from around the world and throughout Christian history. In this third volume, Longing for Jesus, Lester Ruth vividly portrays a very prominent, dynamic African-American holiness church in Jackson, Mississippi, in the early twentieth century.
Publication | June 30, 2013
Visiting Scholars Connect Worship and Life
Academic study can be a deep resource used to strengthen faith and ministry. It gives us language and frameworks to respectfully discuss vexing worship issues.
Feature Story | June 17, 2013
Green Congregations Promote Sustainability
Whether your church goes solar, diverts money from utilities to missions or plants a community garden, you can find creative and sustainable ways to model that the earth is the Lord’s.
Feature Story | May 28, 2013
Duane Kelderman on Helping Veterans Heal from Moral Injury
Duane Kelderman preached and presented at the Soul Repair Center’s first congregational consultation on helping veterans heal from moral injury. In this edited conversation from April 2013, he gives the basics for understanding moral injury.
Conversation | May 15, 2013
Lift Up Your Hearts: Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs (published 2013)Publisher: Faith Alive
Lift Up Your Hearts hymnal, published by Faith Alive Christian Resources, has over 900 psalms, hymns and songs.
Publication | April 30, 2013
Maria Cornou on the Most-used Spanish-language Bible Translation
Maria Eugenia Cornou is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. In this edited conversation, she discusses the most-used Spanish-language Bible translation.
Conversation | March 19, 2013
Imagining the Kingdom (published 2013)Publisher: Baker Publishing
James K.A. Smith expands and deepens the analysis of cultural liturgies and Christian worship he developed in his well-received Desiring the Kingdom
Publication | March 08, 2013
Invitation to Christ: Sacramentally Centered Worshiping Communities
In worship, Christ is proclaimed to us not only in the Word that falls on our ears, but also in the “visible words” that are set before our eyes. At the font, God’s grace is washed upon our brows, and at the Lord’s Table, it is received into our hands and tasted with our mouths.
Audio | February 25, 2013
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
Happy Birthday, Heidelberg!
2013 marks the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism. We will explore the unique qualities of this beautiful Reformed expression of the Christian faith and introduce new tools by which the Heidelberg Catechism can continue as a vital tool for faith formation in the church today.
Audio | February 22, 2013