• Tares Among the Wheat

    Mark 3:7–10

    In the drive to build a large church, elders can lose sight of what is most important—congregational discipleship. A large congregation might be spiritually mature, but it could also be that the tares outnumber the wheat in a given locale. ...Read More

  • The Pharisees’ Hard Hearts

    Mark 3:1-6

    The Pharisees’ meeting with the Herodians to plot Jesus’ death confirms their evil (Mark 3:6). Dr. R.C. Sproul points out the irony in his commentary Mark: “Could there have been a worse way of violating the sanctity ...Read More

  • A Call to Praise the Lord

    Psalm 150

    Worshiping God in spirit and truth must be the goal of our lives. Our Lord seeks such worship, and this worship is acceptable to him whether it comes from Jews or Gentiles (John 4:19–24). How do we know if we ...Read More

  • A Throne and Temple in Zion

    Psalm 132:11–18

    God’s promises to David are sure, and this is good news for us. Because Christ surely reigns over all creation, we will surely reign with Him as Scripture has told us (2 Tim. 2:12). This means that any defeat that ...Read More

  • A Commitment to Worship

    Psalm 132:1–10

    Augustine of Hippo comments on today’s passage: “Dost thou wish to be a place for the Lord? Be thou poor in spirit, and contrite, and trembling at the word of God, and thou wilt thyself be made what thou seekest.” ...Read More

  • Listening like Sheep

    Psalm 95

    Augustine of Hippo comments, “Let no man say in his heart, His promise is true; His threat is false: as His promise is true, so is His threat sure.” When we read Scripture, we must take the Lord’s warnings seriously. ...Read More

  • Worship with the Senses

    Psalm 150

    Human beings process information through the five senses, so all five senses are engaged in all that we do, including worship. Though different traditions may take different views as to how the liturgy should appeal to the five senses, all ...Read More

  • The Role of Beauty

    Exodus 26

    The propriety of visual imagery in the church building continues to be debated within the Reformed tradition. What we can all agree on, however, is that God is supremely beautiful (Ps. 27:4). In our worship and teaching, we must draw ...Read More

  • Form Versus Formalism

    Jeremiah 7:1–29

    Church leaders cannot change our hearts, but they can help us avoid formalism by explaining what we do in worship and why. When we do not know the reasons and meaning for the different elements in the liturgy, we will ...Read More

  • The House of Prayer

    Isaiah 56:6–8

    The prayer life of an individual and of the church says a lot about their view of the Lord. If we are careful to develop a precise theology and yet have an anemic prayer life, it may be that we ...Read More

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