7-38-55 Communication: 'Monday Morning Musings - February 28, 2022'

 

The words we may speak account for only ~7% of what constitutes human communication. No wonder our churches and our culture are so conflict-prone. We don’t know how to talk to each other, including and especially “Christians.”

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The Amen: 'Monday Morning Musings - February 21, 2022'

There is more behind “amen” than intellectual consent or emotional enthusiasm for an abstract concept.

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God Inhabits the Praises of His People: 'May 2, 2022'

What were temporarily inhabited praises being sung in the old economy have be come permanently inhabited people by the indwelling union with the Spirit of Christ in the new.

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The “Take-You-into-the-Presence-Person”: 'March 28, 2022'

“I have the ministry of taking people into the presence of God.” So, said a famous worship leader. That’s odd. I thought Jesus has done that already. I thought we were always in His presence since He indwells us by the Spirit. In order to make that kind of statement, a person has to draw upon bad Old Covenant typology. There is no such thing as a “taker-into-the-presence-ministy” in the new era, other than the Person of Christ by the Spirit. We certainly don’t need to sing and carry on for half an hour or more to try to get to some adrenaline-filled “place” called “the Presence of the Lord.”

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The Anointing: 'April 25, 2022'

The anointing is virtually a fetish, an object of desire, in many types of churches, especially Pentecostal/Charismatic types. For some the anointing is measured by “the preaching of the Word.” For others it is associated with praise and worship. Like in so many things, we are running on Old Covenant octane when this topic comes up.

 

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Spirit, Soul and Body: ONE INTEGRATED Being: 'May 16, 2022'

In some Evangelical churches and in many Charismatic churches, Paul’s use of spirit, soul and body in 1 Thess. 5:23 is understood as a hierarchy of being and a hierarchy of value. This is essentially a Gnostic interpretation that seriously misunderstands Paul’s fluid and interchangeable use of those terms.

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Baptism: Born for Battle: 'May 9, 2022'

 

Among other things, the early church understood the significance of baptism in “military” language. Not in a sense of obnoxious aggressiveness, nor charismatic spiritual warfare. but rather, that the life of a follower of Jesus will be characterized by struggle and adversity for which, at baptism, a candidate was “signing up” like a loyal soldier. This facet of understanding is virtually unknown today in many parts of Western Christianity.

 

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The Manifest Presence of God: 'April 18, 2022'

Jesus links his manifest presence to obedience and ministering to and among the “less-than” other. How and why do we shift the association to praise and worship? Because of bad typology from OT proof-texts and because it is just easier and more enjoyable. We like to pretend adrenaline-driven spiritual narcissism is an enlightened form of corporate worship.

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“Covering” Sins?: 'April 11, 2022'

Why do so many worship choruses, songs and hymns focus on our sins being “covered” by God, or the “blood of Jesus” when the NT/Christian scripture never uses that language in relation to God and our sins. It is all based on OT Jewish scripture typology. We have a better covenant based on better promises. Let’s sing better songs.

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The Restoration of David’s Tabernacle: 'April 4, 2022'

 

Out of the Latter Rain Movement of 1948 came a belief system regarding praise and worship centered around Amos 9:11– the restoration of David’s Tabernacle (tent). It is an unquestioned and unexamined doctrine in almost any modern expression of praise and worship, particularly in Pentecostal, Charismatic, Apostolic-Prophetic and even many Evangelical congregations

 

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