It is Time to End the Worship Wars and Just Worship


 “the sea, which he made, is his
        along with the dry ground,
        which his own hands formed.
6 Come, let’s worship and bow down!
    Let’s kneel before the Lord, our maker!
7 He is our God,
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    the sheep in his hands.
If only you would listen to his voice right now!” – Psalm 95:5-7

I can’t speak for what It is like in your church or your church body but in mine the hot-button issue is worship. If you want to start fireworks just mention worship in a mixed crowd and stand back. To add more fun and intrigue but an adjective in front of the word worship and see what reaction you get. Here are conversation starters, Vibrant Worship, Engaging Worship, Traditional Worship, Contemporary Worship, and this one is my favorite, Classical Praise Worship. No one knows what to expect at the service. What gets lost in the worship wars is worship. When I asked the question recently of the people in the pew why do you come to worship the answer range from a guilt response, “I am supposed to be there,” to a grace response, “I need the gifts God offers freely at church.” For about four months I have toyed with doing a blog series on worship but stopped short many times from developing it because who needs that kinds of pain in their life. Unfortunately, God has given me prophet Jeremiah gene and I can’t shut up. Over the course of the month of October on Tuesday’s, I will highlight different aspects of worship. As a tease in November, I will release a series on Equality and Justice. A preview of things to come.

6 Comments on “It is Time to End the Worship Wars and Just Worship

  1. Looking forward to reading the series. I, for one, I’m not at war with anyone over worship. The only time I really feel compelled to speak out is when someone is judging someone else about worship. I’m not against any form or Style of worship. But I am against people who want to tell other people that the way they worship is wrong. Too exuberant? Too solemn? Too rigid? Too spontaneous? My goodness! It’s all good if it points to God’s grace in Jesus Christ and leads people toward a life of Greater faith.


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