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Special thanks to the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship for allowing The Colossian Forum to feature this footage from their 2011 Symposium where Dr. James K.A. Smith gave the Plenary Address – Love Takes Practice: Christian Worship as a Pedagogy of Desire.
Isn’t prayer the place where we come to God just as we are, unadorned by other thoughts or notions of how to be with God? Most of us at The Colossian Forum grew up in a tradition that believed praying, to be authentic, had to come from our hearts and our hearts alone. “Authentic” prayer had to be spontaneous…
Psalm 146 offers a vision of God’s shalom – beginning with the praise of his people, extending through creation, describing a world where justice and compassion rule, all the way through to the never-ending future of God’s reign in Zion.
What is Ash Wednesday all about? Why are we Protestants engaging in such ritual? Doesn’t the psalm emphasize the heart, our “inward being?” So why all this external ritual?
To know Christ means to know his benefits – Jesus Christ, the image of the invisible God; the One who holds all things together as Creator and Lord; the head of the church, the body. In knowing Christ in his benefits, we begin to know ourselves as well…
Perhaps it is a relic of the deism of the Newtonian, mechanized world that has led us to either separate redemption from creation or, the inverse, to collapse redemption into creation. We sometimes think we can talk creation without talking about Jesus.
How does one see the invisible? The question sounds stupid – no one can see the invisible! Yet we see the invisible all the time if we will have eyes to see. We look at a mother who interacts in perfect rhythm with her cooing daughter – and we see love. Where? Right there in the…
We often read Genesis One to determine where we came from; but we sometimes fail to appreciate that it’s also telling us who we are because it tells us whose we are.