5 Ways to Battle the Never-Ending Worship Wars

5 Ways To Battle The Never-Ending Worship Wars

So let me guess: Someone recently complained about the music at your church.

It doesn’t matter what style of music your church features or how traditional or edgy your music is; complaining about music is almost a universal phenomenon in the church today.

Some of that is generated by church shoppers (I outlined 5 characteristics of church shoppers here), but the problem is more pervasive than hearing from a few church shoppers.

It’s endemic to human nature and to our consumer-driven culture that basically says everything revolves around me. While I think consumer Christianity will die in the future (here’s why), we’re not there yet.

Before we get started, please know this isn’t a slam against any particular style of music in the church.

In fact, I admire all churches that are innovating to become more effective in their mission.

But here’s the challenge.

Many leaders have almost spilled blood getting their church to change in the area of music (or making sure their church doesn’t change).

And yet, despite the battles fought over music, many churches are still not much further ahead in reaching people because of it.

Why is that?

There are five problems I see church leaders struggle with when navigating the sensitive and emotional issue of worship style in church.

1. You Become So Focused on Pleasing the People You Have That You Lose Sight of the People You’re Trying to Reach

To read the rest: http://churchleaders.com/worship/worship-articles/299638-5-ways-battle-never-ending-worship-wars.html

Discipleship Doesn’t Come Cheaply

Luke 14:25-35

Once again we are on the road with Jesus as He makes His way toward Jerusalem. There is quite a good-sized crowd travelling with Him along the way and at some point in their progress Jesus speaks to them about the cost of being His disciple. His remarks are set up in 14:26-27:

If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

Continue at: https://lifereference.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/discipleship-doesnt-come-cheaply/

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We Live in a Very Fortunate Universe

The fine-tuning of the universe for the existence of life is fascinating to me. That’s why I was so excited to find A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos, co-authored by astrophysicists Geraint Lewis and Luke Barnes, under my Christmas tree. This book provides the most up-to-date scientific evidence for the fine-tuning of the universe for life. But what is truly unique about this book is that it presents the data at a popular level so that the material is accessible to anyone interested in this topic.

As I read the book, I was awestruck by the finely-tuned constants and conditions that had to be just right to get a universe that would permit life. I’d like to give you a taste of some of this evidence. Specifically, I want to show you how the masses of three fundamental particles of the universe are set for life. If they were changed by the slightest amount, there could be no life anywhere in the universe. Unfortunately (at least for some), this requires you to understand a little particle physics.

Now stay with me. The reward at the end is worth it. Trust me. Here we go.

Particle Physics 101

Go to: https://www.str.org/article/we-live-very-fortunate-universe#.WLIJARIrJgi

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How to Trust God in the Hard, Stuck Places of Life

Have you ever felt like you’re stuck in the middle of something? Maybe it was a stressful financial situation that didn’t seem to have a clear resolution. Maybe it was a challenging relationship where things felt tense and unresolved. Maybe it was a career change or a daunting health diagnosis or a transition in your family life.

We all go through times in life where we’ve left comfort zones and safety behind but we haven’t reached a place of clarity or contentment again yet. Those middle places can be intimidating, exhausting, and overwhelming. We know what it’s like to feel like we are on the mountaintops of life, and when we feel ourselves starting to descend into the valleys where things aren’t as clear or comfortable, we often start to worry or fear.

Kristen Strong says it this way in her article “Courage for the Middle Places”on (in)courage: “And in this middle place of working through something—in the space between moving courageously and waiting for something to change—you can lose your gumption.”

I’ve lost my gumption many times. I’ve even lost my gumption recently, as in this very week.

Continue at: http://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/christian-trends/how-to-trust-god-in-the-hard-stuck-places-of-life.html

3 Types of Calling in the Bible