Backward verse of the day (#4)

This backwards Bible verse is none other than the gospel in sum; Christ took our sins and become “poor” and we receive his righteousness and become “rich.” 2 Corinthains 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

My Daughter’s Surgery

You know you’re a geeky family when husband and wife keep separate blogs. My daughter, Reese, had a hemangianoma (that’s med-speak for big ugly birthmark) removed on Monday. She did great and is back to her normal self now. If you’re interested, you can see before and after pictures on Laura’s blog.

Worship Leadership Series (part five): The Two Types of Worship Songs

If you’ve been reading this series up to this point, then you can probably anticipate what the primary responsibility of the worship leader is. Since worship music will always be bad theology’s back-door, then unquestionably and confidently the worship leader’s top job is song selection. This is a big job and not quite as easy as it sounds. For this reason, I will outline my method in several forthcoming posts some practical guidelines for song selection. I am assuming, of course, that the 5 criteria of choosing a worship leader are followed and can be assumed. Since worship music is largely considered the fastest growing segment of music sales, there’s a lot of it out there. And there’s a lot of tripe out there. Personal vs. Corporate Worship Songs There are two basic types of contemporary worship music: personal and corporate. The worship songs of the personal variety are the…

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Divorce, Shame, and Earthen Vessels (BVOTD #4)

I know a guy who seems to feel ashamed as a Christian because his marriage ended in divorce. While healthy marriages certainly can attest to the gracious work of Christ in two people’s lives, so can broken relationships and divorce. My friend seems to think that his Christian “witness” is lost and thus has not told any of his co-workers about the divorce (which occurred in 2006). How can one maintain a Christian witness in such a circumstance? According to 2 Cor 4, our brokenness, frailty, and failures are opportunities for the light of Christ to shine through our cracks. Healthy marriages can say that God’s grace works itself out in real life (The Kingdom of God has come!) Broken marriages say that God’s grace has not yet worked itself out fully in all areas (Let your Kingdom come!) Â But we have this treasure in jars of clay [earthen…

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Does it matter who wrote the worship song we sing?

Bob Kauflin says yes. Bottom line, if I think singing a song is going to expose my church to an unhelpful influence, I’ll skip it. I if I don’t think that’s going to happen, and the lyrics are solid, I’ll sing it.

Backward verse of the day (#3)

1 Corinthians 12:22-2: the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

Worship Leadership Series (part four): 5 Criteria for Choosing a Worship Leader

When I was in college, I can’t count the number of worship leading gigs I was asked to do. There were at least several dozen different opportunities to lead worship in different venues from churches to college ministries to youth camps to bar mitzvahs. I did it all. But I wasn’t qualified for much other than to play Guitar Hero. No one asked me about my character or theology (except for Campus Crusade, for whom I am deeply grateful). Before Passion came around, the only contemporary songs to choose from were the I-love-Jesus-like-I-love-my-girlfriend variety. I didn’t care what the song said, as long as it had a cool sound and interesting melody. I should have been fired. Most churches just want a guitar guy, not a worship leader, because that’s what the polls and magazines tell them they have to have to survive as a church these days. The problem…

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Snowbound, Let’s Sleep In Today…

Do you remember that song from 1993 by Donald Fagen (circa Steely Dan) called “Snowbound”? Don’t worry, no one else does either. But I woke up and saw the snow and couldn’t resist the I-tunes $.99 it cost me to ride my magic carpet back to an earlier decade. Here’s some of the lyrics to accompany pics of my backyard. Snowbound Let’s sleep in today Wake me up When the wolves come out to play Heat up These white nights We’re gonna turn this town Into a city of lights At Nervous Time We roll downtown We’ve got scenes to crash We’re gonna trick and trash We’re gonna find some fun We hit the street With visors down With our thermasuits Sealed up tight We can beat the freeze And get saved tonight… Snowbound Let’s sleep in today Wake me up When the wolves come out to play Heat up…

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Backward verse of the day (#2)

1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.

Backward verse of the day (#1)

What Does the Name of This Blog Mean? Everything is Backwards, the name of this blog, refers to how in God’s economy things are reversed from what humans typically value. For example, “blessed are the poor,” or “the meek shall inherit the earth.” This principle first started to crystallize for me when studying the Sermon on the Mount, but now I see it everywhere. For this reason, I am going to catalog these verses here when I stumble across them in my bible reading. Backward verse of the day today:  1 Cor 1:27-29 God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the…

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