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The Latin Mass and its Sibling, Evangelical Worship

March 27, 2008

"It has been said that the traditional Latin Mass is the most beautiful thing this side of heaven... The service "draws you in bodily by appealing to the physical senses, but it also provokes and draws in the soul." says one worshiper. And he "feels closer to God when he smells the burning incense, hears the bells intone, and sees the symphony of symbolic gestures and movements among the congregants."

Sinai worship: “altered state of awareness”

March 4, 2008

Moses and Israelites high on Mount Sinai trip [T]here were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled… The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly (Exodus 19:16-18). […]

Reformed Worship Part 3: Worship Must Be Historical

February 25, 2008
Reformed Worship Part 3: Worship Must Be Historical

Evangelicals have no knowledge as to what the church's worship and music was like only a few decades ago. They have no connectedness to the past, and will surely be disconnected from the future.

Reformed Worship Part 2: Worship Must Be Biblical

February 8, 2008
Reformed Worship Part 2: Worship Must Be Biblical

The entertainment gimmicks in many churches today are in effect Rome's "dumb images" which teach believers nothing but idolatry. God's people are to be taught by the preaching of God's Word, not by all kinds of "innovations and devisings" by sinful minds who think they are "wiser than God" in their foolish creativity.

Reformed Worship Part 1: The Church and Its Business

February 3, 2008
Reformed Worship Part 1: The Church and Its Business

What is Reformed worship? It's none other than worship recovered by the 16th century Reformers such as Luther, Calvin and Bucer, after they realized that the medieval church had strayed far from Biblical worship.

Reformed Worship Introduction: “On the Necessity of Reforming the Church,” Today!

October 31, 2007
Reformed Worship Introduction: “On the Necessity of Reforming the Church,” Today!

What did Calvin teach about public worship? If you see in your own church a lack of God-centered, Christ- centered, Word-and-Sacrament-centered worship, then ask yourself, “Is our church an heir of the 16th century Protestant Reformation, or is our church in need of another sweeping 21st century Reformation?"

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