This article wants to encourage a more accurate understanding of the psychological development of adolescents, in order to help churches better serve and lead them.
Do praise choruses contribute to the expression of our worship of God? This article outlines the strengths and weaknesses of such choruses.
This article provides some questions from a worship coordinator and a response from a worship consultant.
This article draws attention to the fundamental shift taking place within most Western cultures: North America and Europe are now viewed as a mission field, This shift is requiring churches to make substantial adjustments in both their self-understanding and their ministries. The implications of this shift for the church—from having a church-shaped mission to being a mission-shaped church—is explored.
This article reviews The Church Music Handbook.
The singing of canticles has been a part of Christian worship for centuries. This article reflects on the "Canticles of Christmas" as a refreshing departure from as well as an excellent alternative to today's trendy musicals. The songs of Mary, Zechariah, the angels, and Simeon are reflected upon as rich songs of worship.
This article tells the story of an African American pastor who has had numerous opportunities to participate in the integration of local congregations and higher bodies of a predominantly white, ethnically based church. It tells the story of how to invite in people who are different from us.
This is a review of the book Introduction to Christian Worship.
Each congregation ought to reflect on how it celebrates communion. The way the elements are distributed should not be out of custom or superstition, but for sound theological and pastoral reasons. This article surveys some of the practices in the time of the Reformation.
A new style of worship has been spreading throughout all parts of the world in the last several decades. This worship approach is described by a variety of names, with "Praise and Worship" as the most prominent. This article explains what this style of worship is and how it may affect traditional worship.
Where does the Praise and Worship movement come from? This article reviews three influential books on the movement.
This article reviews the book The Holy Fairs, which explains how certain festivals, such as Cambuslang in Scotland and Cane Ridge and the camp meetings in the United States, became the occasions for significant revivals. The book indicates how these communion gatherings continued the pre-Reformation popular piety of Corpus Christi in a new guise that was acceptable in the context of Reformed religion.
This article offers a brief review of the book Getting Ready for Sunday: A Practical Guide for Worship Planning.
This is a confession of faith for use in worship.
The laying on of hands is attracting renewed interest in some Christian circles. What does the laying on of hands signify? This article reflects on this practice, and offers suggestions for how it might be expanded today.
This article reviews the book Participating in Worship: History, Theory, and Practice by Craig Erickson, which argues that worship needs to become more participatory through the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
This article reflects on the important place in the church that people with disabilities have.
This article reflects on how churches can extend hospitality to visitors in their midst.
The author reviews in this article Brian Wren's How Shall I Sing to God? The book is a thought-provoking introduction to contemporary hymnody,
This article makes suggestions on how to recruit and encourage volunteers as church musicians.
This article considers the place that the baptismal font has in our church buildings.
In this article the author examines the practice of renewing vows and suggests ways in which Christians can help each other remain strong in their promises by occasionally renewing their commitments together as a congregation. He discusses it as renewing and not redoing.
This article considers reaching out to the world through a night of carolling in the neighbourhood of the church.
This article reflects on the celebration of communion in the Reformed tradition. Is there something sacred about wine, or is grape juice an acceptable alternative? Are there rules about whether the bread should be leavened or unleavened, store-bought or home-baked, white or wheat? Is a chalice more meaningful than a tray full of small cups? Who should bring the elements to the table—and when?
This article suggests that sermon preparation need not be an exclusive exercise. Preparing sermons requires some solitude, but exchanging ideas with other people face to face can also be a valuable part of sermon preparation.
This article gives an example of Jewish family worship as a model Christians can learn from.
This article offers reflections on why, how, and when church musicians should or should not be paid.
Reading Scripture in different languages—can be a meaningful addition to a Pentecost liturgy. This article makes proposals for a Pentecost liturgy.
At times it's healthy for a congregation to pause and reflect on what they do in a worship service. This article wants to facilitate a way for a congregation to reconsider what worship is.
This article offers an introduction to and review of the book Worship the Lord.
This article is a short review of the book The Church Musician.
The Bible uses stories (narrative) to reveal who God is, what God desires, how God acts, and how God wants humans to respond to him. Too often preachers ignore the narrative structure of the Bible. This article wants to encourage preaching that honours the narrative structure, content, and purpose of narrative texts.