The Empty Worship Song

The lights were dim in the auditorium. Slowly the stage lights came up and the song began, upbeat and lighthearted. As the music rose and the lights began to flash the words of the song rang out. Everyone raised their hands as the excitement rose. The response was incredible. People began jumping and shouting, clapping and singing as loud as they could. This went on for quite a while. Continue Reading...

Made to Worship: Learning to Trust and Worship God

A major theme in salvation history is that God does not abandon his people. He does not abandon humanity to their sin, but seeks to save them. He does not abandon his people to slavery and oppression, but frees them so they can fulfill their purpose and make His name great. He doesn’t abandon his people by standing by and watching them fall into idolatry, but he punishes them so they may be redeemed from their wickedness. So I think we can safely say, “God does not abandon his people.” However, this does not mean that his people will not experience trials and difficult times. Many of the great heroes in the Old Testament, as well as God’s people as a whole, have experienced extreme trials. We know that none of the biblical characters were perfect. They all had their own faults and made many mistakes. However, one of the main things that separated them from those that didn’t follow God, or maybe what just qualified them for being included in Hebrews 11 (the Hall of Faith) was the way these people would respond during these times of crisis. This response can be best seen in the book of Psalms. The Psalms demonstrate how we are to deal with the seasons of our lives and what our response should be. Continue Reading...

What is there to Love about the Church?

The church gets a bad rap these days. It seems I hear more and more about people dropping out of “organized religion” in favor of “personal faith” or “personal relationship” with God. On the other hand, I see more and more articles or posts about the value of church attendance. In fact, my own pastor just preached a great sermon about why we, as Christians, need to be part of the church. There seems to be competing narratives going on at the same time: people leaving the church, and people trying to prevent that from happening. Today, I want to explore why I think people are leaving the church, and then tell you why I am so happy to be part of the church, the Body of Christ. Continue Reading...