Story-Shaped Worship & Liturgy

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I am currently teaching an online course entitled Worship Leadership. The course explores the church’s worship setting beyond just the songs of worship. One of the optional texts is Robbie Castleman’s Story-Shaped Worship: Following Patterns from the Bible and History.

I wanted to posted up what I believe are some important thoughts of hers regarding liturgy – especially in light of the church currently walking through the season of Lent.

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Still Evangelical?

A new book hits shelves in just a few days: Still Evangelical?: Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning. I appreciate IVP sending a copy my way.

The book has multiple, respectable contributors:

  • Shane Claiborne, Red Letter Christians
  • Jim Daly, Focus on the Family
  • Mark Galli, Christianity Today
  • Lisa Sharon Harper,
  • Tom Lin, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
  • Karen Swallow Prior, Liberty University
  • Soong-Chan Rah, North Park University
  • Robert Chao Romero, UCLA
  • Sandra Maria Van Opstal, Grace and Peace Community
  • Allen Yeh, Biola University
  • Mark Young, Denver Seminary

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Books to Read for 2018

It’s Sunday and that normally means I would be posting my weekly ponderings and links. But I wanted to go a different route. I wanted to list 5 books that I’m looking forward to reading in 2018. It is my plan to read many more. But here are 5 specific ones.

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My Top Reads of 2017

As I have been doing for nearly a decade now, here is a list of my most enjoyable reads for 2017.

The list comes in no particular order. Continue reading


Weekly Ponderings & Links: 12/24/17

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The “Weekly Ponderings & Links” for Sunday, December 24, 2017. Continue reading