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Hengel: Hymns and Christology

Tim Henderson has now posted his summary of Martin Hengel’s essay, “Hymns and Christology.”

Spiritual Detox

Here is something to cleanse the palate before heading into the craziness of Thanksgiving/Black Friday.

We, who mystically represent the Cherubim,
And chant the thrice-holy hymn to the Life-giving Trinity,
Let us set aside the cares of life
That we may receive the King of all,
Who comes invisibly escorted by the Divine Hosts.

I’m Going to Give Johnny Cash the Last Word on Harold Camping

As much as I usually resist it, I find there’s still a lot of Bell County, Kentucky in my spiritual pilgrimage. So here’s to Southern gospel music, heart-felt religion, the hope of heaven, and good old fashioned meat-and-potatoes spirituality.

Now, off to church. The faithful gathered in Jesus’ name, the word of God proclaimed, the bread and the cup: Rapture!

A Rant from a Loser in the Worship Wars

Robert Webber used to paraphrase the ancient dictum lex orandi lex credendi (“the rule of prayer/worship is the rule of faith) as, “You show me how you worship and I’ll tell you what you believe.” I think Chaplain Mike of Internet Monk has hit upon a corollary: “You show me how you implement a change in worship and I’ll tell you if you’re a church in the first place.”

New (to Me) Worship Blog

The Daily Scroll is not strictly “daily,” but it does offer some very thoughtful articles on Christian worship from several contributors. Some recent offerings have been multi-parters on a capella singing (part one, part two) and Trinitarian worship (part one, part two). The blog is part of the Worshipedia.org website, which offers an abundance of resources for worship renewal.

New Church Music

Mark D. Roberts tells a story about what happens when a cutting-edge, “praise-and-worship” church pushes the envelope by introducing a new style of church music.

Crown Him the Lord of Grace

I love Mark D. Robert’s proposed new verse for “Crown Him with Many Crowns”! It is simply beautiful:

Crown Him the Lord of grace,
Messiah, chosen king,
Called as God’s servant to embrace
The way of suffering.
A thorny wreath of pain,
Pressed down upon his brow,
Foretells the time when he shall reign,
And every knee shall bow.

A perfect addition when singing this hymn during Holy Week and at other times when it is deemed worth remembering that the only crown Jesus ever actually wore was a crown of thorns.