Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything here. Today, I post because I just spent a long time composing an e-mail to someone and after all that work it seems like a shame to only send it to one person. =) So, I’ve edited it somewhat and now I post it here in the hope that it will stimulate thought (and perhaps discussion) among those who read it.
My subject is worship – something I’ve been thinking about for a long time, ever since Dr. Chris Barney raised the subject briefly in one of my undergrad classes several years ago. I’m preaching on the subject in my church in a few weeks, so it’s at the forefront of my thinking now even more than usual.
The genesis of my serious thought on the subject is a paper I wrote for that class with Dr. Barney. The paper was called “Glory in the Church,” and in it I basically tried to subdivide the purpose of the church into Worship, Edification, and Evangelism, and then tried to relate all of those back to glorifying God, which is the *primary* purpose of the church. Everything has to be done to glorify God.