“And seeing the multitudes, he went up on a mountain…” (Mat 5,1)
I’ve read over that passage perhaps hundreds of times and never realized the significance of it. Matthew is trying to grab our attention with this “up on a mountain” phrase. He knew this is where our story meets that of the divine.
Up on a Mountain
When Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac, an angel of the Lord entered human history and changed its course. Where did this happen? Up on a mountain.
When Moses was sitting around with a bunch of sheep, probably feeling his life was pointless Continue reading When the Divine crashes into your story
Something’s Not Quite Right
I’ve grown up non-denominational for the most part, and have been in modern/contemporary churches most of my life. Shortly after graduating college, I become discontented with the church as a whole. I felt like there was something wrong with it.
The church seemed too political, too hateful, too judgmental, and too consumeristic. I was out of church for most of three years before joining back up with a modern, hip church nearby. After being away from Christian Culture for a while, my wife and I were a bit disturbed by things we witnessed Continue reading Why Orthodoxy? Part 1
If there is only one thing that most of us can’t tolerate, it is a big change in our style of worship. Think about it, a pastor can change, the style of the building can change, the leadership/elder board can change, but don’t you dare touch that style of doing church! One example of that is seen when a traditional church decides to begin catering to the modern crowd. Many angry old folks end up leaving with their hymn books in hand. Continue reading My First Liturgy Experience