I’ve been saying it over and over. But it sure is nice to hear someone else say it. The reason the good news is good, is that without it the news is very very bad.

If we want to share Christ effectively, we must give the Bad News before we give the Good News. It is the Bad News about sin and judgment that makes the Good News of Jesus so powerful.

Here’s the context.Lutzer Bad News Before the Good News

via What’s Wrong with the American Church.

What matters most in worship, form or function?

One Sunday I preached a sermon titled “How can I prepare for worship”. The next morning I sat down with our worship musician and we began planning the next week’s worship services but in the process we started talking about worship as it’s done here -vs- worship at it’s essence. The timing was God ordained because we’ve been working on some contemporary music in the evening. But even there we became aware that our focus could (and might?) very easily get out of alignment if it hadn’t already. As we continued to reflect on worship we realized that all the arguments about worship are due to form, rather than function. Generally I think most people to some degree understand the function of worship. In any good design of any given item, product, method or whatever form should follow function (If you disagree stop reading and go read some artsy magazine somewhere else it won’t do you any good to rant on this with me.) I believe the way a worship team builds a worship service should be first with a consideration of it’s function. Therefore the function of worship needs to be clearly stated. As best we can briefly determine the function of worship could be stated this way: To ensure that each one here can express to God the love and admiration they have for him in […]

On Heresy

Mark Driscol over at The resurgence writes in Now the Mainline Churches Make Sense As he and his son passed a “liberal mainline church” his son asked what the beliefs of that church were. and I told him they do not believe people are sinners, do not believe the Bible is to be taken literally but is more like a fantasy video game, do not believe you need Jesus to go to heaven, and do believe that being gay is cool with Christ. For a minute he looked like a dog that had just heard a high-pitched whistle and there was an awkward silence as he waited for me to say I was just kidding. After a few moments he could tell I was being serious and then said, “That is the exact opposite of what God says in the Bible. How can they still call themselves a church? They should get another name because they’re just confusing people if they say they are a church.” “They’re just confusing people!” I think that was the most intelligent summary of heresy I’ve heard in a long time. My oldest daughter and I have these kind of discussions fairly regularly. It’s tough as an adult living in a world increasingly hostile to […]