Sep 032010

Looking for something to read over the weekend? A good place to start is Quivering Daughters’ new series Journey to Grace. Read the stories; add your own. This is a simply inspired idea and I’m excited to see where it will take us. (Well, to grace of course, but grace takes so many unexpected shapes and similitudes…) My post there, “Duck Duck Goose,” is about grace too, so you can read that one if you haven’t already.

Then if you want to read something about worship–that’s what brought you here, right?–here are a few articles I’ve found to be very interesting lately:

1. Tullian Tchividjian says exactly what I’ve been saying for years about the “traditional service” and the “contemporary service”:

You see, when we separate people according to something as trivial as musical preferences, we evidence a fundamental failure to comprehend the heart of the gospel. We’re not only feeding toxic tribalism; we’re also saying the gospel can’t successfully bring these two different groups together. It’s a declaration of doubt about the unifying power of God’s gospel. Generational appeal in worship is an admission that the gospel is powerless to join together what man has separated.

The main difference is that, in addition to seeing this crucial fact, he’s pastor of a huge church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and he’s actually taking the step of ending the divided services in his church to unite everyone in worship of Christ. Major kudos!

2. Jeremy Pierce offers what seems to be a typical rant about worship songs… but wait! It’s made even more amusing (if bewildering) by the many commenters who clearly failed to look up his examples. Sometimes we hear what we want to….

3. C. Michael Patton gives some sage advice and a helpful dichotomy: Beware of the sneaky legalists who work as Professional Weaker Brethren. (OK, it’s not exactly about worship, although it has obvious applications there, but it gives a great deal of clarity to an often contentious issue.)

And just because: Here’s Peter Schickele showing us how to make classical music broadcasts more interesting.

I’m out. Have an unusual day.

  • Or we hear what we want to criticize, as I think is the case for about half of the commenters who didn’t take the care to pay attention to the think they took much time to say something about. Thanks for the link!

    • You’re welcome, Jeremy! It was a brilliant post and people’s reactions to it were amazingly revealing. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Thank you so much for contributing to Quivering Daughters, Eric…you are so inspired and grace emanates from everything you write. This is a beautiful gift and to use it in a manner to help those wounded by a lack of grace is a true calling indeed. Thank you for sharing God’s heart with yours.

    • I’m very touched, Hillary. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to encourage your readers–who needs to hear about grace more than the people who haven’t seen it?