A reflection on how I’ve experienced God dealing with evil, inspired by Hosea’s experience with God in Hosea 1. I am deeply hurt. And I am very angry. The results of evil I see in this world stir these emotions in me. Initially I just see the evil the other has caused. I can’t believe how a person who calls themselves by God’s name could … Continue reading I Am Deeply Hurt. And I Am Very Angry.
A reflection on how I’ve experienced God meeting with me, inspired by Elijah’s experience with God in 1 Kings 19:8-18. I feel alone sometimes. At times it feels like wandering. Other times it feels like running for my life. On the outside I can accomplish something big for God. People see it. God shows up. It proves my faith. Right? Except on the inside I’m … Continue reading In The Pain, God Is There
God not only is the reason for our worship, but he rejoices in and with our worship by adding his own glory to the moment. Continue reading The Beauty of a Singing God
Since I have been tasked with leading worship at my church, I have given significant time to think about the topic of worship. During this time, I have found the biggest issue I find being discussed (in one way or another) that most churches face in the area of worship can be boiled down to one issue: We have allowed the congregation to become the audience rather than the performers of worship. Whether intentionally or not this has been the trend. And it is a trend that must be changed.
Continue reading “Worship is the Result, Not the Cause”
There are so many obstacles to worship. We are confronted with an innumerable set of distractions every day. Some of them are more compelling than others, but only just so. It is so easy to allow our attention to wander and focus on the silliest of things. Anything to avoid doing what needs to be done. It doesn’t matter how hard we try there will always be something vying for our attention.
Continue reading “Worship and the Search for Intimacy with God”
I love obscure passages in Scripture because they always force me to dive deeper into the potential meaning of the text in order to understand what is actually being said. Continue reading “Pigs, Pearls, & Pretense”