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Coop's Column - Simplicity of Spirit, Adult in Knowledge, Childlike in Directness and Wonder
In this series of meditations on the work of the Holy Spirit in believers’ lives, we are considering features about Christians which, said the 17th-18th century English Puritan Christians, are Spirit-prompted and Spirit-endowed; and which, more and more, ought to mark the lives of those who aim to follow Jesus faithfully. Christians who do display these qualities are “LUI”, “Living Under the Influence” of the Spirit. In this article we consider the seventh, and final, of these marks: “Simplicity of spirit, adult in knowledge, child-like in directness and wonder”
Reflection | July 22, 2013
God, We Sing Your Glorious Praises: Hymns and Prayers for Devotional Use
To express gratitude to God for the gifts we received through Bert, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship offers this collection of some of Bert Polman's litanies and prayers, hymns and psalm versifications.
Reflection | July 18, 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
Coop's Column - Self-Searching and Self-Denial: A Servant Spirit
In this series of meditations on the work of the Holy Spirit in believers’ lives, we are considering seven features about Christians which the English Puritan Christians said are Spirit-prompted and Spirit-endowed and which ought to mark the lives of those who aim to follow Jesus faithfully. Christians who do display these qualities are LUI, Living Under the Influence of the Spirit. This week we consider the fifth of these marks: “Strong self-searching and self-denial, a servant spirit.”
Reflection | June 24, 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
Coop's Column - Jesus Condemned and Crucified
Ibis ad crucem! You shall go to the cross! With these three words Pilate condemned Jesus to die by crucifixion. In this Lenten series we have been paying visits to several places where Jesus stopped as he with his disciples made his final journey to Jerusalem to die.
Reflection | March 25, 2013
Coop's Column - The Lord's Example, the Teacher's Command
Maundy Thursday. The name comes from the Latin, novum mandatum or “new commandment” and recalls the event of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet.
Reflection | March 25, 2013
Coop's Column - Royally Welcomed
It’s Passover festival in Jerusalem, the holiest season in the Jewish year. Thousands upon thousands of Jewish pilgrims have been travelling toward the Holy City to remember and celebrate God’s rescue of his people from long and heavy bondage in Egypt. As Jesus enters Jerusalem riding upon that lowly donkey, the mood of the thronging multitude turns deliriously jubilant. The people walk beside him as he rides, and laud him loudly as “King of the Jews.”
Reflection | March 21, 2013
Coop's Column - A Beautiful Gesture, A Fragrant Gift
In these Lenten meditations we have been paying a visit each week to a place where Jesus stopped as he with the disciples made his final journey toward Jerusalem. Our aim in doing this is to be attentive to our Savior as he makes his way toward his God-appointed destiny with suffering and death on the Cross for us. As his church, the Body he so much loves, we want to be present to him in his sufferings, and to show our love for him. We long to be close to Christ, for we cannot get enough of his presence.
Reflection | March 19, 2013
Coop's Column - Will You Go With Him?
Jesus never hid his scars to win a disciple, nor lured anyone into following him by promising an immediate jackpot of blessings. On the contrary, he was forthright in declaring that to follow him would cost a person dearly. Jesus told his disciples that if to carry out his Father’s will was going to end up costing him not less than everything, it would cost them dearly too.
Reflection | March 11, 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
Coop's Column - Unswervingly Resolute
During each remaining week of Lent, we shall visit a place where Jesus stopped as he with his disciples made his final journey toward Jerusalem. We’ll note the people he met there, the words he spoke to them, and the decisions he made in order to be ready to take on the excruciating task which lay before him—to endure unspeakable humiliation and torture, and then at the end to die on a cross. Our only purpose in retracing the steps of his journey: to attend carefully to what our Lord did for us, and in response to offer him our adoration and worship.
Reflection | March 04, 2013
Wise Church: Exploring Faith and Worship with Christians Around the World (published 2013)Publisher: Faith Alive
Based on the document "Worshiping the Triune God," a collection of proverbs on worship adopted by the World Communion of Reformed Churches, this book and study guide offers a global perspective on how and why we worship.
Publication | February 18, 2013
From Memory to Imagination (published 2012)Publisher: Eerdmans
Outlining imaginative ways for the church to move forward from worship wars, this book is a must-read for church leaders and anyone interested in worship music.
Publication | September 28, 2012
Sing Praise to the Lord! Songs from Psalms for All Seasons (published 2012)Publisher: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship is pleased to collaborate with Princeton Theological Seminary on this collection of songs from the brand new songbook Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship, now available on iTunes.
Publication | July 16, 2012
Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity: Ritual, Visual, and Theological Dimensions (published 2012)Publisher: Baker Publishing
This book examines five models for understanding baptism, showing how visual images, poetic language, architectural space, and symbolic actions signify and convey the theological meaning of this ritual practice.
Publication | July 02, 2012
Greening Spaces for Worship and Ministry: Congregations, Their Buildings, and Creation Care (published 2012)Publisher: Alban Institute/Rowman & Littlefield
In Greening Spaces for Worship and Ministry, Mark Torgerson asserts that greening the built environment of a congregation is a powerful way to achieve and model a commitment to creation care.
Publication | July 02, 2012
The Journey to Jerusalem: Devotions for Lent
This daily Lenten devotional was created by the worshipers of Church of the Servant Christian Reformed Church. It is used by permission of Church of the Servant.
Reflection | May 11, 2012
150 : Finding Your Story in the Psalms (published 2011)Publisher: Faith Alive
Explore the psalms through the human experiences of joy, anger, pain, fear, and love as Kevin Adams tells the stories of real people crying out to God.
Publication | May 03, 2012