Tag Archives: worship

Every Act of Worship

One of the effects of this plague is the atomization of society. This is a good thing. One of the oldest and longest standing sins of this world has been centralization. This was the whole issue of the Tower of … Continue reading

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Expendable Baggage

In terms of my cycling mission, Trump is a disaster. He is walking back all kinds of gains cyclists and nature lovers have made in the past two decades. In terms of my information hacking interests, Trump is the least … Continue reading

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So-called Christian Radio

Nobody is required to embrace my musical tastes. I’ve spent plenty of time in ethnic church meetings. The music varied in rather predictable ways. Even among predominately white church services, the music varies widely in style. Once you grasp the … Continue reading

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Theology and Practice: Worship

In English, His proper name is Jehovah. He still answers to a lot of other things, but the business of worship is “calling on the name of the Lord.” That is a very ancient phrase that refers to celebrating the … Continue reading

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Sermon on the Mount 16

Just Ask 7:7-11 First, we must establish that ask-seek-knock are ancient common images of prayer and worship in Hebrew culture. In this context it should be painfully obvious we aren’t talking about mere hedonistic comforts. The whole point here is … Continue reading

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Sermon on the Mount 10

Ritual Prayers 6:5-8 This continues thoughts from the previous lesson. Worship is not for putting on a show. If making an offering to garner public approval was wrong, so was extravagant ritual prayer. According to Edersheim (a converted Jewish rabbi) … Continue reading

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Refresh: Symbols and Rituals

On the one hand, the symbols are just that — symbols. They are not the thing itself. The key to mysticism is that we believe our current “reality” is just one huge deception. There are glimpses of ultimate reality and … Continue reading

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Psalm 150

This is the end of the Hallelujah Hymns and the end of the whole book. It serves honorably to hold that place as the capstone of worship. Hallelujah! At the very least we should come to the Temple and praise … Continue reading

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A Sample of Music Nostalgia

Without droning on too long about it, my musical background includes southern gospel quartet music. I have since become quite a bit more discerning than during those younger years when I regularly sat down for a TV show called “Gospel … Continue reading

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Psalm 149

The fourth of the final Hallelujah Hymns in Psalms, this one draws the image of a distinct historical event, though we cannot pin it down which one. We do know that during the Period of Restoration after Exile, the returnees … Continue reading

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