AN EXPOSITION OF GENESIS 35:1-15 “And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother. 2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away… Continue reading Going Back to Bethel
If there is a struggle to understand worship, perhaps a simple definition by William Temple (1881 – 1944), a former archbishop of Canterbury will help. Worship is “quickening the conscience by the holiness of God, feeding the mind with the truth of God, purging the imagination by the beauty of God, opening the heart to… Continue reading A Good Definition of Worship
When a Christian congregation wants to buy, or build, a building for worship and service, much thought and care should go into the decision. A Christian architect with a sense of history might be found to be useful. The word architect literally means, “Chief builder.” The architect is the one who is responsible for bringing… Continue reading Do You Feel Like You Have Been to Church Lately?
After finishing a meal at a restaurant one Sunday afternoon, I passed by a table of ladies adorned in lovely white dresses. I realize that it is no longer politically correct to compliment ladies in our society but, being old fashion, I paused and told the women how nice they all looked. I sensed they… Continue reading For Glory and Beauty
Several years ago while preaching in the African city of Lagos in Nigeria, those who were attending the conference politely applauded their appreciation when I finished speaking. But immediately, the senior pastor of the church stood up and asked the audience not to applaud the speakers or the singers either. “We are here to worship,”… Continue reading Hold the Applause, Please