Friday, October 23, 2009

Look and Listen

I am listening to a marvelous message by Dr. Rod Rosenbladt from the New Reformation Press. This is a message on the challenges to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America entitled How the ILCA Got Off The Track. Dr. Rosenbladt is a leader in the efforts for a new Reformation, especially in the Lutheran Church. This is a message that speaks to all Protestants as we face enormous challenges today. I have found much to agree with in this recording. I'll bet you will too or you will react against it. Listen closely and ask yourself if any of this applies to your parish or congregation.

Secondly, I've just finished another book, Beyond Smells and Bells: The Wonder and Power of Christian Liturgy by Mark Galli, Senior Editor of the Christianity Today Magazine. This powerful little 142 page book is filled with explanations and examples of the history and foundation of the liturgy of the church. It traces the origins and reasons for the liturgy and why it is making a comeback today in both mainline churches and many of the new Emerging churches. If you are tired of mindless worship services in your church, take a look at this book. It is easy to read and will fill you with wonder at the majesty of real God focused worship. I think Galli hit a home run on this book. It is a way of worship the many youth are embracing and finding that it pays to leave the common noise of the world to enter a sanctuary apart from daily living that give stability.
That's it for now.
God Bless

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