Category Archives: Worship

Who’s #1?

What’s the most popular post in the illustrious history of Jack’s Pipe? “Who cares?” you say. Now you be nice! The most popular post in the history of Jack’s Pipe is this one. Two years after it was originally posted, … Continue reading

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What will his failure look like?

We’ve seen the delight of blacks at Obama’s ascension, and it’s hard to not feel a tinge of happiness for them. They see this as something they could’ve hardly imagined at one time. Many perhaps now feel that they belong … Continue reading

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Spirit-filled Worship

[I]f we were to examine a worship service to see if the Holy Spirit were active in it, what would we be looking for? In the current rage for expressive and spontaneous worship, most people look for the Spirit’s presence … Continue reading

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Swaying to the music

and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, -Eph 6:17 In his latest post, Pastor Ron Gleason has a (sadly) witty anecdote: More often than not a number of pragmatic … Continue reading

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The power of liturgy

Liturgy is the greatest single barrier to ecumenism. Church members look upon another tradition’s liturgy and shudder. “If I wanted to be a [Lutheran, Episcopalian, Baptist, etc.], I’d have joined a [Lutheran, Episcopal, Baptist, etc.] Church!” On the one hand, … Continue reading

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Family Worship

And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel. -Judges 2:10 Matt Timmons is the fine pastor of Covenant Reformed Fellowship, a PCA church in Ashland, OH. … Continue reading

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Anglican Chant and the Psalms

And when many evils and troubles have come upon them, this song shall confront them as a witness (for it will live unforgotten in the mouths of their offspring). -Deut 31:21a Consider this: How many prose readings can you quote … Continue reading

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The task of the preacher

The task of the preacher is to show Christ to his audience. For precisely this reason, some churches have a plaque fastened to the pulpit just below the open Bible and visible only to the preacher. The plaque has the … Continue reading

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Luther and the drinking song myth

One thing you hear, usually from supporters of contemporary worship, is that Luther adapted tavern songs for use in the church. Not so (and the same apparently goes for the Wesleys). According to Dr. Peter Masters of London’s Metropolitan Tabernacle: … Continue reading

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King of the Hill

Some funny satire. “Day by Day…” Isn’t leaving your church over pews kind of old school, though?

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Is church necessary?

With which of the following statements do you most agree? “Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.” “Away from [the church] one cannot hope for any forgiveness of sins or any salvation.” For … Continue reading

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1 Cor 1 illustrated

“I would say his acceptance of the Mohicans of the time is similar to my inclusion of gay- lesbian -bisexual- transgendered people now,” Janet Edwards said. That non sequitur is from this descendant of Jonathan Edwards… Perhaps it won’t be … Continue reading

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Another special ELCA church

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has a church that shields George Tiller. And then there’s this ludicrous blasphemy (hat tip: Rev. Paul McCain).

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A country parson

In “Guarding the Holy Fire,” Roger Steer relates this tale of Parson William Grimshaw (1708-63): Grimshaw’s dress was plain, even shabby at times. Often he only had one coat and one pair of shoes. He ate plain food and hated … Continue reading

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Things adults and children have done

Tim Ware notes a detail of 17th century Russian court life. [Worship] Services lasting seven hours or more were attended by the Tsar and the whole Court… The children were not excluded from these rigorous observances. ‘What surprised us most … Continue reading

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Covenant Renewal (“High Presbyterian”) worship

This profound writing on worship by Pastor Jeffrey Meyers is one of the most thought-provoking I’ve read in some time. Among other things, it: Recommends a specific order of worship following the OT steps of cleansing (confession of sin), consecration … Continue reading

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How Lovely Shines the Morning Star

As Christmas season approaches, can I recommend a favorite hymn? It is How Lovely Shines the Morning Star an adaptation of the German “Wie Schon Leuchtet Der Morgenstern.” Alas, it is hard to find but ITunes does have a fine … Continue reading

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Bring back the organ

As a recent Internetmonk posting noted, there is a basic issue of musical competence in our churches. You once had one music professional on the organ, and that instrument covered the bases. Now, unless perhaps you attend a megachurch, you … Continue reading

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New words for Amazing Grace

Oldtruth mentions that some have changed Amazing Grace’s lyrics from “saved a wretch like me” to “saved and strengthened me.” If you don’t believe it, check this out. In the words of one hymnal editor, the old lyrics are a … Continue reading

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Worship and the Puritans

I do not suppose that I am the only evangelical who finds that the actual exercise of worship, the deliberate lifting of one’s eyes from man and his mistakes to contemplate God and his glory, grows increasingly precious as the … Continue reading

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What happened to content in worship?

One of the popular trends that continues to build steam is the dominance of “contemporary” worship services. Pop music and a casual atmosphere have replaced the pipe organs and reverence as the church has sought cultural relevance. Many contemporary services … Continue reading

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A Glimpse of Heaven in Vladimir

As always in life, the best moments are unplanned. On the way to see the lovely Russian church shown in a previous post, we stopped with our guide in Vladimir. We stepped into the medieval Assumption Cathedral, perhaps around noon, … Continue reading

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A Classic Hymn

It’s easy to lament today’s throwaway culture. In 100 years, people will still be singing “Amazing Grace” and “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” In 100 years, who will be singing anything written recently? Well, there’s one recent hymn that … Continue reading

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