Category Archives: worship styles

Maybe church gets the altar call & the call to worship backwards!

Christianity’s greatest ministry resources are ordinary people, not just ordained ministers. All Christ followers are called to let God transform us from within & make us like Jesus. Christ came not just to get you into Heaven, but also to … Continue reading

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Sermons have been greatly used by God

The Protestant Reformation (which began in 1517, back in the day when the priest was the smartest person in town) made some very effective changes in the way church was done. Those changes helped to create a spiritual revolution and … Continue reading

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In ekklesia, Christ’s love flows like dominoes toppling

When a group of Christ-followers allows the Spirit to speak through them, prompting them one after another like dominoes toppling (according to 1 Corinthians 14:26), the love of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ is revealed in their meeting. His presence … Continue reading

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Worship? In mind and in method? Or in spirit and in truth? (Like an altar call.)

Worship?  In mind and in method?  Or in spirit and in truth? In Western Christianity, we’ve been trained to worship in mind and in method.  We’re taught to sit in a tightly programmed service (a method) and hear a talk … Continue reading

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30/11 (About 30 minutes in a secular used bookstore = 11 books about participatory church)

In September 2014, my wife and I stopped by The Book Cellar  in Crossville, Tennessee on our way to Gatlinburg.  Were were there about 30 minutes and I left with a stack of books. To my surprise, 11 of the … Continue reading

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Should Church Meetings Be Choreographed?

We think of surrendering to the Holy Spirit as an individual thing, but perhaps it is also something that we need to do when we meet together as a church. Perhaps we need to yield our program and our agenda … Continue reading

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Participatory Church (acrostic)

PARTICIPATORY CHURCH (acrostic) P–People A–Attentively R–Responding T–To God’s I–Inner C–Callings I–In order to P–Participate A–Actively T–Together, O–Obeying God’s R–Righteous Y–Yearnings. C–Christ H–Having U–Unhindered & R–Real C–Control in H–His hands. Experience participatory church at The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center … Continue reading

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Do Preplanned Church Programs “Ruin It” For People

If you tell people the storyline and outcome of a movie before they see it, many people will say that you have ruined it for them. They don’t want to know what happens in a movie before they see it. … Continue reading

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“God talks” or “God talks”? (“Talks” as a noun or as a verb?)

What if Jesus intended church to be a community of loving believers, instead of a series of weekly lectures?  What if instead of listening to a man’s sermonic God talks, church was originally designed by Jesus for you to listen … Continue reading

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A Different Worship Leader Every Sunday

At The Salvation Army Berry Street we have a different worship leader every week.  Over the past 5 1/2 years we have had about 50 different people/groups lead worship for us.  Why? 1) It keeps one person from being exalted … Continue reading

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