We Need More Worship-Leader Theologians – Ep 082

This week Josh and Chris talk about worship. What it means. How we do it. Why we do it. Worship is the ultimate expression of theology. The songs we sing influence the way we see God and live out our Christian lives. As such, we need more worship leaders who intentionally write worship songs that accurately represent the gospel and give words to the congregation to respond to what God has done in the world. All Christians must take care to consider the words we sing and the meaning they portray so that our worship is authentic and meaningful for the occasion. If we are in a public worship service, our songs should reflect the corporate nature of the body of Christ. If we are privately seeking the face of God, our worship will take on other characteristics. Continue Reading...

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? – Ep 073

This week, Josh and Chris talk about disunity in the church and how it affects our witness to the world. The reformation that began 500 years ago started a trend of church splitting that has accelerated out of control. Today we have tens of thousands of church denominations in the United States alone. And while this trend is frightening, we recognize that the church has not always handled them this way. Find out what you can do to help bring unity back to the church. Our witness as the reconciled people of God depends on it. Continue Reading...

Giftings Gone Dark Side – The Supreme Omniscient Pew-Sitter

I will be the first to admit it. I’m a bit of a cynic at times. I catch myself sitting in church services with my cynic aura threatening to spill out into the seats around me quite often. It starts as a small critique. “If the pastor emphasized this or that more in this sermon, it would be brilliant!” Or, “If the worship leader would make room for God’s Spirit in this moment rather than moving on to the next song, this would be a divine appointment for a lot of people.” I’m sure all you fellow cynics know the feeling I’m talking about (if you don’t know you really are a cynic, maybe not). It starts as a small difference of opinion. Then week after week it turns into an opportunity to find every single flaw in any aspect of a local church you can find. This can be masked as a sincere desire to change the world for the better (more on that in a minute). Or it can be masked as pride because you alone know the proper way to run things. Maybe you had the right classes in Bible school. Maybe you’ve been a Christian for longer than the pastor has been alive. Maybe you were a pastor at one time too. Whatever the case, if you’re like this now, your natural gifting from God has soured and it’s starting to stink up the church. Continue Reading...