Our Beloved Church Props and the Presence of God

How have we, the American Church, managed to make the Sunday experience so complicated while simultaneously stripping it of the presence of God? Perhaps it’s because we suspect that God is insufficient—that His sweet, savage presence is not enough—and so we’ve overwhelmed and burdened ourselves with props. We tell ourselves we’re promoting God with ourContinue reading “Our Beloved Church Props and the Presence of God”

Rationing Worship

When we ration our love for God, we set boundaries as to what we will and won’t do to express our devotion to him: “It’s okay to clap our hands in church—a little.” Or, “Lifting one’s hands is nice, but let’s not go too far.” We’re afraid… of what others might think… and of what God mightContinue reading “Rationing Worship”