Does Hand-Clapping Praise God?

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CC BY, neekoh.fi, Flickr

The clapping of hands in the Bible has more to do with human aggression than the praise of God. Often we clap our hands to applaud a person or cause, or to the beat of a song—in church too—and there is nothing wrong with this. But let me show why clapping hands in praise to God is nowhere found in Scripture. Continue reading “Does Hand-Clapping Praise God?”

Beware the Spirit of “Churchy”!

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Eric Vondy, Flickr

There is an enthusiastic, hardworking kind that fills churches these days. A false spirit it is, however, crept in the pews, once rarer to find but now easily spotted from the pulpit to the door. What’s its name? I call it…“Churchy”. Continue reading “Beware the Spirit of “Churchy”!”

My Worship

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CC NC-SA, KORE Flickr

The more I know God the more remarkable to me is his worth. It demands my response. But “What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits toward me?” Who can give him what he already owns? Glory? He dwells in light inapproachable. Honor? We call him God. Dominion? The universe is his. Instead, it is all that I stand to achieve and manage—my remotest invention—that his love and goodness constantly win him. By default my future treasures are his already, but in worship I freely give them.