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Reflections

A Sacred Assembly

I hate, I despise your festivals,
      and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,
      I will not accept them;
and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals
      I will not look upon.
Take away from me the noise of your songs;
      I will not listen to the melody of your harps.
But let justice roll down like waters,

Checkmate: Through Death I'm Free

A Reflection on "What Wondrous Love Is This"

I was recently looking at the lyrics to the hymn “What Wondrous Love Is This” and was struck by the last verse. Do you know it? (Also see p. 12 of this issue.)

Chasing the Ghosts of Worship Past

Losing its roots: the dilemma of “contemporary worship”

Words of Life

Cultivating the Heart to Hear

As we walk through a spiritual desert, attending to God’s voice is the surest way to recover our own. Our prayers to God are important; but his words to us are even more so. When we practice the disciplines of solitude, meditation, and silence, we grow in our ability to hear God’s voice through the Holy Spirit and Scripture.

(from Canyon Road: A Book of Prayer)

The Lord's Supper on Good Friday: Yes and No

The Lord's Supper on Good Friday: YES

It had been nine months since I had arrived at Ancaster Christian Reformed Church, and I was still walking that fine line between “that’s how we’ve always done it” and “that sounds like a great idea.” This was to be the first time I would travel the Lenten journey with my new congregation, and I was looking forward to celebrating with them that capstone of our faith: Easter morning.