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Celebrating God with Disco Balls and Balloons
Ed Cyzewski wrote a guest post over at A Deeper Church titled When Church is Like a Party. Oh my. Do read this. It’s Ed’s reflection on coming back to God and how a crazy party during worship cracked open his heart.
From the post:
Balloons aren’t the most sophisticated element for a party, but they act as a signal: we’re celebrating, this is a PARTY. Every kid in our church associates balloons with a party. They danced and sang and threw balloons around. It was just as wild as any party with over 50 young kids turned loose with a pile of balloons.
As I confessed my own hard heart and mourned the times that God had been presented as judgmental and angry, I watched these children running around with smiles on their faces in church. Think about that for a moment. These kids are learning from the start that church is where we celebrate God’s love. Church is a place where we are happy and joyful because God has saved us. We can throw a big party for God and celebrate God’s love even when answers fail us and doubts creep in.
Church is a party—not a frivolous, silly event with party bags, but a “serious” celebration of God’s love where tears and laughter both have their place.
Happy Birthday to Us
A♥ via Compfight It’s hard to believe, but it was on this day (June 30) one year ago that we launched the ReKnew website. Happy Birthday ReKnew!! As reflected in the ReKnew Manifesto, our goal is to stimulate Christians to rethink foundational aspects of the faith they embrace and to motivate skeptics to take a…
In the Wilderness of Religion
Eric Bryan via Compfight There are an awful lot of us in the Church today who are no longer feeling at home in Evangelicalism. Regardless of how you feel about World Vision’s hiring policy decisions, the spectacle of thousands of people discontinuing their child sponsorships (relationships with flesh and blood children in need) because of…
Sermon Clip: His Song In Our Hearts
Worship is important. However, worship isn’t just about singing. In this sermon clip, Greg introduces the idea of worship and how it’s more than just a sing-along. In the full sermon, Greg shows how worship takes many forms and brings many benefits to the Kingdom.
This last weekend at Woodland Hills Church, Greg not only preached, but he also participated in worship by playing the drums. There is something very holy about the convergence of the Word of God and the songs that go up to God as we worship him. There is as much to learn from the beat…
The Idolatrous Devotion to Inerrancy
Luca Rossato via Compfight Ed Cyzewski posted some thoughts on his blog on why he hates the word “inerrancy”. He agrees with something Greg has been saying for a while now that seems shocking to many: fighting for the idea of inerrancy can devolve into a kind of idolatry. This is well worth the read if…
Podcast: How Should Churches Select Worship Music?
Greg gets funky in this toe-tapping episode on church music. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0338.mp3