Star Wars, Christmas, and Worship

Star Wars has burst back into the cinematic scene with J.J. Abrams directing Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. When I think of Star Wars, I recall one of my favorite scenes featuring Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. As Darth Vader attempts to seduce Luke to the Dark Side of the Force, George Lucas captures Luke’s inner struggle with some unique imagery. As Luke hides from Darth Vader, we see red light, representing the Dark Side, on one side of Luke’s face, and blue light, representing the Light Side, on the other side of Luke’s face.Read More »

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Unpacking “Christian Worship”, Part II

Part I

This is the second part of a two part unpacking of a definition for Christian worship. See Part I here. Then continue here:

Covenant

It is important to recognize that worship is only accepted by God when the worshiper is in covenant with the Father, through the Son, and by the Spirit. It is within the redeeming covenant with God that a relationship exists between the worshiper and the Father, enabling the worshiper’s response to be accepted. One cannot offer worship without the help of a priest, and the Son, Jesus of Nazareth is our great high priest. It is through him that our worship may be laid at the feet of the center throne found in Revelation and the worship is pure.Read More »

Unpacking “Christian Worship”, Part I

Words are very important, and too often words can have many meanings. Worship is one of those words. There are many responses one could get if they were to take a survey of the word “worship”. From different worldviews to different traditions within the stream of Christianity, there are lots of thoughts, ideas, and opinions. Various Church cultures within these streams have various associations and implications when they speak of worship. This is why it is important to apply definitions towards words.Read More »