The Bell Hours: “Bother Me”

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Worship: Bridging the Gap between God and Man

prostrationIf one of God’s purposes is to bridge the gap between God and man, bringing heaven and earth closer together, and if the Kingdom in its fullness will be earth and heaven joined into one, then worship is anything that helps that to happen — anything that narrows the gulf between God and man.

How does that happen? When does that happen? Well, when and where is God most near to man?

In New Testament times, one answer is surely in the possession of the Holy Spirit by Christians. God the Spirit indwells the individual Christian — language that plainly harkens back to God dwelling among the Israelites in the form of the column of fire and smoke and in the Holy of Holies of the tabernacle. Continue reading

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Young Oceans: “Lead Me”

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Young Oceans: “I Will Be Still”

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Worship: The Distance between God and Man

prostrationSimply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Senseis a marvelous book by N. T. Wright. He introduces the idea that the Bible can be read as the narrative of God’s work to unite heaven and earth.

In Eden, the two were very close together indeed — so close that God himself walked among men and that death itself was banished from the Garden.

But sin entered the world and not only separated God from man, it separated heaven from earth. Continue reading

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Worship: Adam and Eve as Priests

prostrationGenesis 1 and 2 give a couple of roles to Adam and Eve. In Gen 1:26 and 28, God gives them —

dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.

“Dominion” (radah) refers to the reign of a monarch. So mankind — male and female —  serves as the “image” or “likeness” of God by — like God — reigning over the earth. But this is not about ruling autonomously and so not having to answer to a higher power. Quite the opposite. We reign on behalf of our King. God rules the earth through his image-bearers. Continue reading

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Young Oceans: “Come Holy One”

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