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How Do You Know If God Likes Your Church’s Worship?

How Do You Know If God Likes Your Church’s Worship?

People often comment on whether they enjoyed the worship on a Sunday morning. But have you ever stopped to consider whether God enjoyed it? How would you even know whether God enjoyed it? Here are three questions to ask of your worship this Sunday.

Don't we just use different names to worship the same God?

Don't we just use different names to worship the same God?

Last week, LifeWay Research released a report on people’s beliefs in society today. What was clear was that although many people identify as Christians, their beliefs are often at odds with what the Bible teaches. As Bob Smietana summarized, “Americans love God and the Bible, [but] are fuzzy on the details.” I suspect the same could be said for Canadians. I’d like to look at this report over a series of posts and try to help clarify what the Bible does teach in these critical areas. I’ll start with worship.

The tables are turned: when the pastor becomes the visitor...

The tables are turned: when the pastor becomes the visitor...

I love our church family and there’s no place I’d rather be on a Sunday morning. But I deliberately took time to visit other congregations during my vacation. Learning from other churches and getting to know the rest of the body of Christ is important to me as a pastor. Over the last several weeks I got a wide spectrum of worship experiences. None of the denominations was baptist. From Anglican to Christian Reformed to Brethren, the churches all had different traditions but were thoroughly evangelical, teaching Biblical messages focused on Scripture. From a church that met in a park, and another in a modern facility, to another that gathers in a building that dates to the 1800’s, it was clear that there is a great variety in church building aesthetics. I’m still trying to shake the image of the pastor preaching from his lawn chair.