Category Archives: Worship

Identifying Your Source Idol(s)

When preaching on idols a couple of Sundays ago, I made reference to my friend Darrin Patrick’s differentiation between surface idols and source idols. The following is taken from Patrick’s book Church Planter, pages 164-167. Patrick acknowledges his indebtedness in this area to thinkers like Tim Keller, Dick Kaufman, Dick Keyes, and Jack Miller.

The IDOL of COMFORT

(Privacy, lack of stress, freedom)

Price we will pay- Reduced productivity

Greatest nightmare- Stress, demands

Others often feel- Hurt

Problem emotion – Boredom

The IDOL of APPROVAL

(Affirmation, love, relationships)

Price we will pay- Less independence

Greatest Nightmare- Rejection

Others often feel- Smothered

Problem emotion- Cowardice

The IDOL of CONTROL

(Self -discipline, certainty, standards)

Price we will pay- Loneliness; spontaneity

Greatest nightmare- Uncertainty

Others often feel- Condemned

Problem emotion- Worry

The IDOL of POWER

(Success, winning, influence)

Price we will pay- Burdened; responsibility

Greatest Nightmare- Humiliation

Others often feel- Used

Problem emotion- Anger

Book Review: Family-Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham, Jr.

I don’t recall when I first heard of Voddie Baucham but we did have the privilege of seeing him live at the Desiring God National Conference in Minneapolis back in 2006. During that same timeframe I called him and talked with him about twenty-five minutes. He was gracious and I recall our conversation went very well. What I cannot recall is why I called him in the first place!

I started reading his first book, The Ever-Loving Truth, but did not finish it, which is nothing new in my world. This book, Family-Driven Faith, which I purchased through the Amazon Kindle Store and read over three devices (my iPad, my iPhone, and my wife’s Kindle Fire), was more engaging to me because of my interest in the subject matter. Two areas of interest drove me to read this book: (1) how to do a better job as the spiritual leader of my home and (2) how to more effectively lead our church to equip parents in discipling their children. Family-Driven Faith is the only book I have ever read that that I can recall addresses these two issues, and Baucham does so boldly and directly.

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Worship on Earth as it is in Heaven by Rory Noland

Rory Noland could pass for a retired race jockey; he is probably 135 lbs. dripping wet. A soft-spoken and unassuming personality, Rory is also one of greatest minds on worship in America today. Through attending Harvest University, I’ve had the privilege of sitting under Rory in several sessions over the last few years and have gleaned much about leading God’s people in corporate worship. So, almost needless to say, my expectations were pretty high when I picked up his latest book on the subject. He did not disappoint. Especially insightful was the section on training your congregation to pursue “heroic deference” when it comes to worship styles and preferences. Good stuff. I also got a copy for Ryan and he has been working his way through it as well; I look forward to our discussions.

The Hour is Now!

I am absolutely thrilled with what God is doing in Harvest Bible Chapel and in the Harvest Bible Fellowship.

21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” – John 4.21-24

The Hour is Now!