A new convert recently brought up to me how she’s noticed that a lot of people in various churches lift their hands up high and close their eyes while singing, praying, and listening to the sermon. She asked my why they do this. I’ve asked the same question over the years to some whom I’ve… Read More Lifting Holy Hands In Worship — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: March/April, 2023)
The task at hand is to comment at to the nature of expediency as pertaining to worship. Perhaps the best course would be to first define the terms “expediency” and “worship.” Defining expediency. The term “expediency” is a derivative of the Latin word expedire and originally meant “freeing the feet; put in order” (Oxford Dictionary… Read More Expediency and Worship — Chase Green
True worship will make us stronger in the internal struggle of the spiritual over the physical. Look at Jesus’ words again: “God is spirit” (John 4:24). Being created in God’s image (Gen. 1:27), every member of humanity has an eternal, spiritual nature. In worship we can deliberately and intentionally lay aside the physical and worldly concerns and focus on the nature we share with God (“worship in spirit”). One can never fully realize this benefit if their only interaction with God is confined to a specific hour on one specific day each week. The “public worshiper only” will be the one objecting, “I just can’t get anything out of worship.” Yet let them develop the habit of daily, private communion with God and they will find those private daily habits will prepare them to glean the most from their regular, public worship.… Read More How Worship Can Strengthen The Soul — David Bragg
Mention the word “fellowship” to many Christians, and images of sliced ham, fried chicken, green beans, casseroles, and a table full of desserts enter the mind. The term “fellowship meal” has been coined to refer to a congregational meal where members enjoy food and social interaction. While it is appropriate to use the word “fellowship”… Read More What Is Fellowship? — Michael Grooms
The uniqueness of Christianity sets it apart from other world religions. At times, believers have received ill treatment ranging from simple ridicule to outright persecution. In the first century, Christianity appeared as a faith different from anything the Roman Empire had ever seen. Although many differences emerge upon close examination, Christians differed from their religious… Read More A Different Kind Of Faith — Dewayne Bryant, Ph.D.