Every once and a while I will post blog bites that I have found beneficial to my spiritual walk. Bob Kauflin is worship leader for Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland where Joshua Harris currently serves as senior Pastor. Below is a blog series that he wrote on growing in physical expression during worship. There is a tendency in some to say that those of the reformed faith may be, let’s just say “more composed” than others when it comes to congregational singing. Although this may be true for some churches Jess and I have been delighted to see that our new pastor has encouraged us to grow in our outward expression to God during worship. For those of you who do not know Jess and I are in the process of joining Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Lynchburg, VA. I do want to note that we still do consider ourselves Baptist by conviction yet we have found that there have been very few differences between us and our Presbyterian brothers and sisters. I hope you find the links below insightful to your soul!
How Do We Grow in Physical Expressiveness in Worship? Pt. 1
How Do We Grow in Physical Expressiveness in Worship? Pt. 2
How Do We Grow in Physical Expressiveness in Worship? Pt. 3
How Do We Grow in Physical Expressiveness in Worship? Pt. 4
How Do We Grow in Physical Expressiveness in Worship? Pt. 5
Jessica and I have been attending a study on the Psalms called The Cry of the Soul led by our pastor, Mike Sharrett. This has only been our second week and God has been so gracious to remind me of how dull and bland my taste buds are for the divine. Filled with, prayers, poems, and songs the book of Psalms is a record of God’s invitation to the divine and Israel’s response. This can also be said of the Church’s response throughout redemptive history. One reason why this book has been so loved and admired is because of its ability to evoke right affections about a holy God. Concerning emotions the Psalms exhaust the full breadth and expression of human emotions that it is no wonder John Calvin calls the Psalms, “an anatomy of all parts of the soul.” For those of you who have heard my murmurings about being in Lynchburg the Psalms have helped me move my focus from self to the One “who makes the mountains melt like wax” and “preserves the lives of his saints. – Ps. 97” Praise be to God!
In Luke 24:44 Jesus states that, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” What a privilege and a blessing it is to see the face of Christ revealed throughout the Psalms. Jessica and I are looking forward to this study….
Introduction to A Common Word Between Us and You (excerpt):
“Never before have Muslims delivered this kind of definitive consensus statement on Christianity. Rather than engage in polemic, the signatories have adopted the traditional and mainstream Islamic position of respecting the Christian scripture and calling Christians to be more, not less, faithful to it.”
Response: Loving God and Neighbor Together -A Christian Response to A Common Word Between Us and You
Piper on the issue:
My apologies to my loved ones for taking so long to start this blog. I don’t expect many to read this blog but here are just few reasons why I have decided to go through with this:
- My family and friends know me well enough to know that I am not the best at keeping in touch and hopefully this will be just one avenue to keep you updated as to what’s going on in my life. I ensure you this is not a replacement for any type of communication that we could possibly have but I wanted something quick and accessible to my loved ones. Hopefully my lovely fiancée will keep me accountable…
- If you are anything like me there are times when God gives grace to the believer to see his lack of thirst and hunger for holiness. Often resulting in a disappointing attempt to link the void between the affections of the Christian and the reality and grandeur of a holy God. I am hoping this blog is one method to express the heart of God as He has and is revealing it to me. I do want to note that not all that I post will be a direct example of this. As a people who have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ we see the world through redeemed eyes hence I have designated this blog as The Crimson Window. This was in part inspired by the old hymn by Isaac Watts called “Windows of Thy Grace.”
- If we have ever had a serious conversation it doesn’t take long to notice how I sometimes find it difficult to convey my thoughts. Awkward pauses, repeating sentences, scrounging around for the right words, using bad synonyms, ridiculous analogies and illustrations, and just when I think I’ve actually made an intelligible statement……a rabbit trail…! This is one exercise that may help bring some resolve to this issue and bring focus. Writing I have noticed in my life brings organization, which on most occasions brings clarity. God has given us minds to think clear and wonderful thoughts about Himself.
- I often run into the most bizarre, interesting, and often times entertaining things on the internet. I am quick and eager to share these….