The Righteous and the Wicked (Psalm 1)

The psalms are an extremely important part of the church: prayers, songs, emotions, and doctrine. During the early church and the sixteenth century Protestant Reformation, the Psalms were almost exclusively sung in the … [Read more...]

Ten Reasons Why We Don’t Have Testimonies in Worship

  Read companion article: "Why We Don't Have Altar Calls in Our Church" The recent appearance of Nick Vujicic at a Manila megachurch brought again to the forefront the power of a testimony to draw big, adoring … [Read more...]

Why We Sing “Gloria Patri” and Other Doxologies

  (Note: Near the bottom of the page, you can learn how to sing these doxologies by singing along with the music player.) First-time or infrequent visitors to our churches might be surprised by what we sing, … [Read more...]

“What is a Reformed Church?”

© 2008 by Daniel R. Hyde. All rights reserved Download PDF booklet of this article A Reformed church is Christian, Protestant, Confessional, not Catholic, not "dead, traditional, or ritualistic." We believe that … [Read more...]

God is Our Refuge, Strength and Help

"Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden" by Wenzel Peter

Scripture Readings: Ezekiel 47:1-12; Matthew 6:25-34; Revelation 21:1-4; 22:1-3 • Text: Psalm 46:1-11 Song: God is Our Refuge and Strength (bottom of page) Download PDF sermon   The world today is a … [Read more...]

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

For a printer-friendly PDF copy, click here. Reformed Worship Series: Introduction • Part 1 • Part 2 • Part 3 • Part 4 In 1543, the great French and Genevan Reformer John Calvin wrote a treatise addressed to … [Read more...]

Why is Our Worship so Serious?

Tagaytay Retreat Worship Service

© 2004, 2008 by Daniel R. Hyde. Originally published as "Why is Reformed Worship so Serious?" in The Journal of the Church Music National Conference (Winter 2004): 3–6. Here in San Diego county we have a weekly magazine … [Read more...]

The Ancient Path to True Worship (Jeremiah 6:16)

  Text: Jeremiah 6:16 Scripture Readings: Jeremiah 6:1-26; Matthew 7:13-14 September 21, 2008 Print this sermon (PDF) About ten years ago, we went on a hike to a big, raging waterfall in the … [Read more...]