January 19, 2020

Rev Eric Dudley, St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Tallahassee, Florida: The Nuts and Bolts of Anglican Liturgy

We’ve been talking the Evangelical/Protestant liturgy recently, so why not something to give us some background in an evangelical Anglican liturgy. I’ve been watching with great interest- OK, with undiluted envy- the growth of one of the new Anglican congregations in the southeast, St.Peter’s Anglican in Tallahassee, Florida. If you aren’t getting their podcasts, you […]

Riffs: 10:01:09: Special Needs Members OR How I Was Right and Wrong About Baptizing An Autistic Boy

PLEASE keep this discussion on topic. No Baptist bashing. First, read Matt Schmucker’s short piece regarding his advice on “special needs” church members. (Note to commenters: be respectful of Matt, please. If you disagree, do so graciously.) In 1983 I was finishing seminary and serving as youth minister at a church near the seminary and […]

Thoughts on 10 a.m. Eucharist: Church of the Holy Cross, Sullivan’s Island, SC

I discovered last night that the large church I’d passed several times this week here on Sullivan’s Island was an Episcopal church with a 10 a.m. Wednesday Eucharist service. After checking the church’s web site, I noticed that one of the contributors at Mockingbird, John Zahl, was a pastoral associate at Holy Cross. IM readers […]

On The Older Teaching The Younger: From Commenter Becky

Time to blog will be short or non-existent today, but this comment from “Becky” in the “8 a.m. Mass” discussion is the best post of the day anyway. Thank you Becky, for framing what it means to be human in a beautiful and helpful way. She starts out quoting two of us, then hits the […]

Is a Passion for the Church the Same as a Passion for the Kingdom?

From Ray Ortlund at Christ Is Deeper Still: “My passion isn’t to build up my church. My passion is for God’s Kingdom.” Ever heard someone say that? I have. It sounds large-hearted, but it’s wrong. It can even be destructive. Suppose I said, “My passion isn’t to build up my marriage. My passion is for […]

The Evangelical Liturgy 4: The Congregation

I’ve been thinking about this post quite a bit, and for the life of me I really can’t think of much to say than some of the obvious. The evangelical worship service is the worship of the people of God. God acts, speaks invites and offers. God’s people respond in worship, service, ministry and mission. […]

The Evangelical Liturgy 3: The Leaders

Intro, 1, 2. If you are looking for a complete theology of the pastorate, sorry. I am going to talk about the relationship of leaders to the worship service itself, and a few related issues. The sermon is a separate subject. One point I am making is that ministers are not entirely preachers. Someone has […]

iMonk 101: Alastair Roberts on “The Denominational Church”

Looking over recent comments and emails, it occured to me that many of you would benefit from the writing of Alastair Roberts- a former IM favorite blogger now semi-retired- who wrote some of the most helpful thoughts about the church I’ve ever read. In fact, I carry around the originals in my brief bag all […]

The Law/Gospel Rant

NOTE: Despite the fact that this post is law, you should still read it 🙂 I want to talk about a specific problem in preaching and teaching: the problem of preferring law over Gospel. I consider the primary problem with preaching and teaching in my Southern Baptist tradition these days to be an obsession with […]

Higher Things: A New Model of Youth Ministry/An Interview with Pr. Bill Cwirla

UPDATE: Pr. Cwirla has a follow-up post on worship at Higher Things. I recently became aware of a youth ministry movement in the Lutheran Church: Missouri Synod called “Higher Things.” I was intrigued on several counts. HT takes the best of the Lutheran tradition and makes it the substance of student conferences. Rather than hear […]