A Call for Pastoral Prayers

“Above all – and again this I regard as most important of all – always respond to every impulse to pray… It is the work of the Holy Spirit… So never resist, never postpone it, never push it aside because you are busy. Give yourself to it, yield to it; and you will  find notContinue reading “A Call for Pastoral Prayers”

Don’t Neglect Your Histories

In the providence of God there was a curriculum shortfall in the ministry I work for this semester. This required us to go back into our files and pull out an older series of lessons that had been discontinued by our publishing house several years ago. At the time we, as a staff were notContinue reading “Don’t Neglect Your Histories”

Lloyd-Jones and Four Chords

Introduction I think, by now, it is pretty apparent that I find modern evangelical worship highly suspect at best. I may be closer to the mark to say I utterly despise it. There are exceptions that sneak into the repertoire of of the four cord playing mono syllabic “worship leader”. But those are usually ofContinue reading “Lloyd-Jones and Four Chords”

The Marx Brothers Leading Worship

“Pause now for a strange interlude…” – Groucho Marx This is what runs through my head every time a song leader in a contemporary church lets off with a wail, an “OOOOOoooooo”, a “YEAAAAAAhhhhh”, or whatever else melodic filler shows up in a song. Likewise whenever there is a section of rapid improvised declarations overContinue reading “The Marx Brothers Leading Worship”

In the Heavenly Laboratory

Editors Note: This one has been fighting me and still feels a bit helter skelter, grace is appreciated. And hopefully the length will make up for the late publication. Introduction The other night a Papist friend, in the course of describing the premise to a novel, mentioned what he saw as a prophetic vision ofContinue reading “In the Heavenly Laboratory”

Book List 2020

“Well we come now to that part of the show when I say: ‘Well we come now to that part of the show…” – Stephen Fry As so many blogs do around this time of year I now present a reading list. This is supposed to be the best books I have read this year.Continue reading “Book List 2020”