Today I’m Praying

I might be praying for you. We’ve all seen the video. Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services Deborah Nucatola coldly discusses the selling of various parts of the babies they abort every day. Now PP is apologizing for the tone of Nucatola. Many of us have also read the blog posts that don’t seem to end. One in particular brought out the uncomfortable truth that “our nation is profoundly schizophrenic on this issue…everyone is outraged because the body parts were sold to traffickers, instead of being thrown into the dumpster.” When I watched the video I was sickened. I read the blogs and I was enraged. I sat in my office and I cried. I also prayed. Today I’m still praying. Today I’m praying for the absolute destruction of Planned Parenthood and all similar entities. I’m praying for a complete reversal of the heart beliefs that allow the slaughter of children to continue, nevermind the sale of body parts – the legalized crime is in the abortion. But more than all of that. I’m praying for the women, and even the men. Today I’m praying for the women who have had abortions and are haunted.I’m praying for the man who drove his girlfriend to the abortion clinic, or who never got the chance to stop her, […]

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 […]