Jody Killingsworth, over at Warhorn, has penned a discussion-inducing piece on the connection between formal worship and the creation order. He points to an idea of theologian James B. Jordan, who suggests that the Garden of Eden may have been not merely the name of Adam’s dwelling place ( or synonymous with the entire creation). Instead, the Garden was a temple. Jordan says:
“Adam and Eve did not start life in the outer world, the place of work, nor did they start life in the land of Eden, their home. Rather, they started in the Garden of Eden, the sanctuary, the place of worship. At the center of the sanctuary were two special trees, marking the place where God would meet with them for worship on the Lord’s Day.” (emphasis is Killingsworth’s)
As the person in charge of music ministry at Hills Bible Church, who, on occasion and entirely unsurprisingly, finds himself in the midst of minor controversy over corporate worship music, this quote doth sooth my soul.
“The influence of the erotic spirit is felt almost everywhere in evangelical circles. Much of the singing in certain types of meetings has in it more of romance than it has of the Holy Ghost. Both words and music are designed to rouse the libidinous. Christ is courted with a familiarity that reveals a total ignorance of who He is. It is not the reverent intimacy of the adoring saint but the impudent familiarity of the carnal lover.” - A. W. Tozer
I have been gifted a very nice set of Tozer books, which I plan to plow through at some stage, as he is eminently quotable, and always edifying. I do think that some of the confusion over corporate worship music in evangelicalism today could be clarified if we understood the difference between the adoration of our God and the adoration of our spouse or lover. This sort of confusion has only heightened in recent decades. While there are other very important issues at play in deliberations over music for worship, this one is highly prominent and very distracting. Indeed, God isn’t our boyfriend, and he will never be our boyfriend, no matter how many times we repeat the same line over and over during a song.
HT: War Horn
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Today is Pastor Martin Pakula’s final Sunday service as Interim Pastor of Hills Bible Church. Martin has been with us since June 2011, and has served the congregation at Hills faithfully week in and week out. It is a sad day, as we have grown in fellowship and friendship with Martin and Jennie. Martin’s clear and accurate expositional preaching has been provoking, challenging and encouraging. His drive for Hills to be a church focused on evangelism and outreach will be an enduring part of his legacy. He instigated scripture reading training, the Christmas gingerbread house event, the regular public and systematic reading of scripture in our services, and hospitality evangelism. We will also miss his regular blog contributions. Jennie has also been faithful member at Hills, serving on the music team, and playing a leading role at the women’s events.
Picture caption: A recent Ministry Leadership Team meeting. Left to right – Stu pretending to be Luke Hodge, Lindsay looks to be off fishing, and Martin in his Anglican garb on his way to deliver the Eucharist at St. Chuzzlewit’s.
Martin, we have much to thank you for, not least for putting up with our Baptist sensibilities. We’re sorry you weren’t able to finish off the elements each Lord’s Supper, but it’s just not the way it’s done. In all seriousness, both you and Jennie will be sorely missed. May the Lord bless you and your family in the next chapter of your life and ministry.