The following articles are related to the topic of WORSHIP, PATTERNS

The Me-First Syndrome

"Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandments to depart unto the other side [of the sea of Galilee]. And there came a scribe, and said unto him, Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go. And Jesus said to him, 'The foxes have holes, and the birds of the heaven have nests; but the Son of ... read more »

The Silence of the Scriptures: Permissive or Prohibitive?

One of the controversies that has raged in the world of "Christendom" for centuries is the matter of whether or not the "silence" of the Scriptures must be respected or ignored. Some allege that whatever is not expressly forbidden is allowed in religious practice; others contend that anything not authorized is not permitted. The dispute surfaced early in the post-apostolic ... read more »

The Weekly Observance of the Lord’s Supper

There is much disagreement in the religious community of "Christendom" as to when the Lord's Supper, commanded by Jesus, should be observed (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:17-20). Several theoretical views may be entertained. Some allege that the communion need not be observed at all; they contend it was a cultural phenomenon of the first century, and thus not binding ... read more »

Are Preachers To Be Called “Reverend”?

"Do you have information as to when various denominations began to apply the term 'reverend' to preachers?" The title "Reverend" has been adopted in many English-speaking denominations as a courtesy designation for clergymen. Higher orders are designated as "Very Reverend," "Right Reverend," or "Most Reverend." Professor Burton S. Easton, of the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, has briefly ... read more »

May a Christian Address Christ in Praise or Prayer?

"Is it ever appropriate to pray to Jesus? Did he not teach us to pray, 'Our Father' (Matthew 6:9)? Did he not instruct his disciples that the time would come when nothing would be asked of him (John 16:23)? And is it appropriate to sing praises directly to Christ?" There appears to be a sincere but vocal minority within the ... read more »

Don’t Mess with the Target

The Greek word for "sin" is hamartia (a noun), found 173 times in the New Testament. Its verbal counterpart, hamartano, occurs forty-three times. An adjective, hamartolos (sinful), is found some forty-seven times in the inspired record. Obviously, this word-family is an important one. These terms have an interesting history in classical Greek. Herodotus, the Greek historian, speaks of a hunter ... read more »

Seven Steps to Greater Bible Understanding

Some claim that the Bible is too old, too long, too boring, or too difficult. Yet amazingly, the United Bible Society distributed 23,200,000 Bibles in 2001 alone - an average of 44 Bibles per minute throughout the year. It is necessary to do more than just own a copy of the Bible, or engage in some superficial reading. We must ... read more »

The Starbucks Agenda: Want some “theology” with your latte?

Want some twisted "theology" with that early morning steaming latte? You can obtain it at Starbucks, that would-be "Institute of 'Spiritual' Instruction," in which so many take delight en route to their day's work schedule. As one is tantalized by the aromatic fragrance of freshly brewed coffee, in the Starbuck's environment he also can inhale the noxious fumes of secularism. ... read more »

Command or Culture – Discerning the Difference

In 1967 the United Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) adopted a new confession of faith. Concerning the nature of the Bible the following statement was made: "The Scriptures, given under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, are nevertheless the words of men, conditioned by the language, thought forms, and literary fashions of the place and times at which they were written. They ... read more »

Profanity – A Biblical Assessment

A sincere Christian recently noted that the Bible in general, and the book of James in particular (cf. Jas. 3:1ff), warns about the improper use of the tongue. Yet he laments the fact that profanity and vulgarity are perhaps more widespread now than at any time in history - at least in America. He wonders how it is that one ... read more »