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Mika Edmondson on MLK’s Theology of Unearned Suffering
Jesus’s example of laying down his life for others inspired Martin Luther King Jr. and the U.S. civil rights movement. This theology of how to engage undeserved suffering can help congregations deal with pain.
Conversation | October 10, 2017
Reggie Smith on Theology Underlying Sociology
What churches profess and what they do sometimes clash. Sharing stories, sitting with those who suffer, praying, and listening in silence for God can help churches harmonize theology and sociology.
Conversation | September 01, 2017
Sociology and Learning about Christian Worship Practices
An annotated research guide from the field of sociology
Resource Guide | October 17, 2016
A Worship Leadership Dilemma: Are consumers still able to worship?
How do I as a pastor or worship leader engage a congregation in deep, rich worship when their hearts have been shaped by consumeristic spirits that tell them to be shallow and self-serving? And how do I lead in such a way without being negative or preachy?
Audio | March 23, 2010
Worship and Civility
In what ways can the church's worshiping life equip people for the patterns of civility-public politeness-that make for good citizenship? Should we even care about the question?
Audio | March 22, 2010
Worship that Renews the Me and Transforms the Us
Drawing from their diverse ministry experience, Jim and Rose Dekker --in Latin American ecumenical and spiritual direction-- and Jonathan Bradford --in a U.S. urban context-- explored the biblical concepts of knowing Christ the servant and serving Christ the Sovereign Lord. All of life must really be worship.
Slideshow | Audio | January 01, 2009
Healthy Tensions in Corporate Worship
Throughout church history views of worship have tended toward polarization: Spirit or Word? Planned or spontaneous? Reverent or celebratory? Relevant or historically rooted? For God or for us?
Audio | January 01, 2007
The Complementary Roles of Personal Worship and Corporate Worship in Spiritual Formation
What is spiritual formation?
Slideshow | Audio | January 01, 2007