What Will You Bring to Worship? – Sunday Scripture

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving. Psalm 95:2

What do you bring with you when you come to God? Psalm 95 suggests thanksgiving as cargo: "Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms."  (Psalm 95:1, 2) I'm thinking about… Continue reading What Will You Bring to Worship? – Sunday Scripture

Sunday Scripture ~ Matthew 6:1

The Sermon on the Mount changes the way we practice righteousness.

I've raised a couple of trumpet players and the one currently in residence is often inspired to practice at about the same time that I am inspired to go to bed. That's fine with me, because I value the musical endeavors of my kids whenever they happen, but as the sound waves bounce off all… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Matthew 6:1

Concerning the Times and the Seasons: Summer 2019

"But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you."  (I Thessalonians 5:1) Paul's words come embedded with a warning to the church--sort of a, "It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway" message regarding a certain watchfulness and an inspired willingness to live in the present… Continue reading Concerning the Times and the Seasons: Summer 2019

Sunday Scripture ~ John 1:1

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God."   (John 1:1) John begins his story about the life of Jesus on this planet by revealing to his readers what it had taken him nearly three long years to absorb: Jesus,… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ John 1:1

The Apostles’ Creed for the 21st Century

The Apostles' Creed for the 21st Century

Whether from a desire for “authenticity” or from a mistrust of formal statements of faith, the use of creeds has fallen out of favor in many evangelical churches. However, in The Apostles' Creed: Discovering Authentic Christianity in an Age of Counterfeits, Albert Mohler—president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and TGC Council member—argues that creedal… Continue reading The Apostles’ Creed for the 21st Century

We Need to Talk About Singing

Worship in Singing

My husband said, "Amen," and five voices immediately joined his as we sang our morning blessing song around the breakfast table. Seth, an overnight guest, looked from face to face with an expression bordering on terror until we sang the last note, and then blurted, "Do you do this often?" We did. Because we wanted… Continue reading We Need to Talk About Singing