• Forms and Their Communication

    1 Corinthians 14:40

    Though we may not always be conscious of it, all of our forms communicate something. That is why it is important for our leaders to think carefully about what they do in worship and how they do it. It is ...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

  • Goodness and Faith

    2 Peter 1:1-11

    What are some practical steps you can take to increase your knowledge and appreciation of beauty expressed through great music and art? What about a class on these subjects in your church? If your church is not interested, what can ...Read More

  • Images in the Sanctuary?

    Exodus 26:1

    Regardless of one’s position on images in the worship sanctuary, let us all remember that this is an issue over which many good and godly Reformed believers have differed for generations. Consequently, we owe each side respect, and we should ...Read More

  • Images in Worship

    Exodus 20:4–6

    We have so far briefly discussed the beauty for which the priestly garments were made. These clothes reveal that we should be concerned with how we look and act when we worship the Lord. Of course, God does not require ...Read More

  • The Influence of Music

    1 Samuel 16:14–23

    The Psalmist implores us to “make a joyful noise” unto the Lord, but the context makes it clear he is using “noise” as a synonym for music (Ps. 95:1–2). God is pleased when we praise Him with music, whether it ...Read More

  • Literature

    Philippians 4:8

    We do not have to read pornographic material in order to find literary filth. How many novels, romantic or otherwise, contain scenes of an explicit nature? How many Christians believe they can read such things innocuously? How many of us ...Read More

  • Music and Theology

    Psalm 101:1

    The biblical psalms model the kind of complexity that good sacred music has to offer. Psalm 101, for example, is an extended meditation on the love and justice of God as well as His wrath and our responsibility before the ...Read More

  • The Power of Music

    1 Samuel 16:14–23

    Scripture prescribes no particular kind of music, so the choices of music we use in worship and even for leisure must be guided by Christian wisdom. Is the music true, good, and beautiful? Does it present what is noble, pure, ...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

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