As a worship leader married to a dancer in a church that is mostly made up of non-demonstrative people, the discussion of certain expressions of worship comes up repeatedly for me — in particular, the question of whether dancing, raising hands, speaking in tongues, kneeling, and the use of certain modern instruments such as drums are acceptable expressions of Christian worship.
It’s not the leaders that have the difficulty. It’s folks in the congregation from a variety of backgrounds that may be familiar with social prohibitions against some of these practices.
So I jotted down a few thoughts on the subject.
Continue reading Premises for Diverse Expressions of Worship
It is impossible to live in our modern world unfamiliar with the Nation of Israel, unless you are deliberately avoiding all contact with the outside world. At the time of this writing, there is only one nation in the world that has a national policy of support for the Nation of Israel: the United States. Every other nation is either condemning Israel or, at best, remaining neutral towards them, while fanatic religious terrorists attack her daily.
Continue reading Christians and Israel: What Should Our Relationship Be to Them?
Baptism is one of the few biblical imperatives that is agreed upon by all Christians — there is no question that Christians must be baptised. Of course, what is not agreed upon is form of baptism (how), appropriate age of a baptismal candidate (when), and “what happens” when a person is baptised.
Continue reading Form of Baptism: What is the Real Issue?
How Many Bodies Does Jesus Have, Anyway?
Some common biblical metaphors for the Church are “The Body of Christ”, “The Bride of Christ”, and, of course, Church. But sometimes I think we get a little confused about the difference between the Church and the local congregations that we like to call “churches”.
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“Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”
1 Cor 11:1 KJV
What do the Scriptures say about the relationship between Christian “leaders” and Christian “followers” in the body of Christ? There are many groups of Christians that suggest that “followers” must follow “leaders” without question. The leaders that advocate this position often use Bible verses like the one above (usually in the King James Version). “Follow me,” they say, “because I follow Christ. If you want to follow Him, you will follow me too. It’s not enough to say, ‘I follow Jesus’. Are you following your leader, too?”
In this article, we will study this scripture carefully to determine:
- What does this say?
- What does it mean?
- What am I supposed to do about it?
Continue reading Christian Leadership: Following Man or Following Christ
Christian Leadership vs. Worldly Leadership
There is a great deal of unhealthy teaching and practice in the Body of Christ today regarding spiritual authority and submission. This relates directly to a misunderstanding of what it means to be a Christian Leader. In this article, the author will show that there must be a difference between the leadership methods used by the world and those of the Church.
Continue reading A Study of Christian Authority