Learning to Talk, Lenten Reflections #3

In a little book I have called Answering God, author Eugene Peterson writes, "But the first requirement of language is not to make us nice but accurate. Prayer is not particularly 'nice.' There is a recognition in prayer of the fiercer aspects of God…Psalm language is not careful about offending our sensibilities; its genius is… Continue reading Learning to Talk, Lenten Reflections #3

I Didn’t Particularly Care for Worship Today

I tried to secretly take this picture of the boys this morning. I think Samuel knew I was taking it and was trying to hide, scootch backwards so he wouldn't be included. I got him anyhow. I'm good like that. This is a picture of my three sons in worship this morning. I didn't like… Continue reading I Didn’t Particularly Care for Worship Today

Worship as Proclamation: 1 Corinthians 10-11

Friends, here is the last part of the series on worship. The sermon is based on 1 Corinthians 10-11. It develops the idea that worship is, at its core, saying something about God. In fact, it may say more about God than it says about us; although, to be sure, it says something about what… Continue reading Worship as Proclamation: 1 Corinthians 10-11

Romans 12:1-2: Worship as Sacrifice: Displaying the Cross

Friends, I’m preaching a short, four-week series on the Spiritual Discipline of Worship. This sermon on Romans 12:1-2 is part three in the series. Thanks for stopping by.–jerry Let’s begin this sermon with a brief review of Romans up to the twelfth chapter: Paul begins by asserting that all of us are sinners in need… Continue reading Romans 12:1-2: Worship as Sacrifice: Displaying the Cross

Worship as Possibility: Hebrews 9-10

[Friends: I will be posting some sermons I am preaching on ‘Worship.’ I have benefited greatly from some recent posts at blogs around the web that have dealt with worship. A little searching turned up some great quotes. After I preached this sermon, I thought perhaps points 2 & 3 were a bit cluttered, so I have edited those points… Continue reading Worship as Possibility: Hebrews 9-10

AW Tozer on Our ‘Modern’ Problem (!) & Worship

Friends, This is brilliant! I will quote several sections from Tozer’s book The Pursuit of God, chapter 8: “Restoring the Creator-Creature Relation.” It is true that order in nature depends upon right relationships; to achieve harmony each thing must be in its proper position relative to each other thing. In human life it is not… Continue reading AW Tozer on Our ‘Modern’ Problem (!) & Worship