There is a theological term called, “Imago Dei,” the Latin term which means “the image of God.” The theological truth is that humans have been made in the image of God. This is how He created us. This is not an idea, but truth. It is clearly stated in Genesis 1:26. The trinity, speaking to… Continue reading Art: The Missing Image of God
For centuries many have thought that the church building was the church. We even use phrases today like, “Let’s go to church.” We know by that we mean, “Let’s go to the church service at the building where Christians meet.” We are moving (in some areas) into a proper understanding of the true definition of… Continue reading Christianity Without the Church?
One debate which rages on within denominational Christianity is what worship in the church should look like. How we dress, what instruments we use, what our buildings look like, and how we present the truth. The way things look, smell, and sound are different in every church. Some churches may seem (what some would consider)… Continue reading Worship, Arts and the Tabernacle
We hear a lot of talk about how churches should be diverse. How Jesus breaks down the barriers of ethnicity, age, economic status, and academic knowledge. All these things are true, but I think there’s one place we forget to look for diversity within our church service. We come to the church from different places.… Continue reading Worshiping Together from Different Sides of the Church
You may not be aware that my wife and I currently homeschool. Now, we are not one of “those” families whose children don’t see the light of day until they turn 18. Our kids also are involved in dance, library programs, and other community activities. I want to give a short disclaimer here. Let me… Continue reading How Classical Education Changed My Preaching or “Let’s Define our Terms”
If you stumbled upon this blog it’s important for you to know that I currently pastor a church. While I think that this article is important to pastors, I believe it is also important for everyone. I want to talk about why I still go to church while I am on vacation. First let me… Continue reading Why We Go to Church on Vacation
As I write this post, months before publication, I’m sitting in my office at church. I arrived around 7:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning as usual to prepare for the service. I looked the building over to make sure all looks well and read through my sermon for a practice run. In a little while… Continue reading Does One More Sunday Really Matter?
Recently I interviewed Ned Bustard, the artist for “Every Moment Holy,” about his artwork in the book. Because I envision this book becoming very important to current Christianity, as well as achieving an heirloom status, I also wanted to talk with Douglas Kaine McKelvery who penned the liturgies for “Every Moment Holy.” This book can… Continue reading Interviewing Douglas Kaine McKelvey of “Every Moment Holy”
Ned is someone I accidentally ran into through Facebook. I soon found out how talented he is, as well as how alike our theology and our thinking is. Once I found out how he is currently contributing to the global church through his theology and doctrine on art, I contacted him. He was generous enough… Continue reading Exploring the Art in “Every Moment Holy” An Interview with Ned Bustard
One thing I enjoy is spinning vinyl. Over the years my record collection has grown. My love for the LP isn’t due to the recent fad by skinny-jean-flannel-wearing-modern-day hippies. As a kid we had a record player. My parents would play Christmas music on it, and I still have several of those records like Bing… Continue reading The Record Can Skip at Church