Hebrew poetry for non-Hebrews

I find that, if I am going to try and write a psalm of praise and worship, it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of the poetic devices I have at my disposal. Here’s a few tips I’ve picked up from my research and experimentation. Poetic devices not normally present in Hebrew poetry meter rhymeContinue reading “Hebrew poetry for non-Hebrews”

Celebrating spring with Julian of Norwich

Be a gardener. Dig a ditch, toil and sweat, and turn the earth upside down and seek the deepness and water the plants in time. Continue this labor and make sweet floods to run and noble and abundant fruits to spring. Take this food and drink and carry it to God as your true worship.Continue reading “Celebrating spring with Julian of Norwich”

Imagining as an act of worship

Last night stimulated some further reflections on the place of imagination within Christianity, and on how we can recover it where it has been forgotten, neglected or exiled. In the process I came across these words from Leland Ryken, in an article entitled, The Imagination as a Means of Grace. Ryken says: “In our Christian circlesContinue reading “Imagining as an act of worship”

The history of Thin Places

Okay, so to return to the story of Thin Places. First I have to locate it historically. Thin Places began back around 2002 as an offshoot of Community of Hope, a ministry amongst New Age seekers at Mind Body Spirit Festivals that I’d been part of since 1997 or thereabouts. I could write a wholeContinue reading “The history of Thin Places”

Musical Theology

There is no biblically proscribed way to worship God through music, but in an article entitled “Musical Theology: Past lessons, present perspectives” Joan Averett suggests that a disconnect between music and theology results in churches that “tend to ‘entertain’ the person in the pew rather than equip him for a deeper understanding of the gospels.”Continue reading “Musical Theology”

What does story have to do with worship?

If there is one thing I have learned about worship through experimenting with alternative worship, it is that story is essential to authentically Christian worship. Here are some articles on the story of God and the worship of God: What does story have to do with worship? “How would you answer that question? Think ofContinue reading “What does story have to do with worship?”