In the liturgy, the church often confesses the sins of the whole body of Christ and not merely our own individual, personal sins. But this seems odd to many people raised in the highly individualistic culture of the United States. If you have ever wondered whether or not it is right for you to confess the sins of other Christians, see this excellent essay by pastor Ed Eubanks for a thoroughly biblical answer: The Confession of Corporate Sins: Collective Ownership of Others’ Sins.
Peter Leithart asks, “Should a Christian view of time be stamped with Christ?” Read his excellent article “Happy New Year” to find out why the answer is an emphatic “yes!” and how the church has historically done this.
The seasons of the church calendar are designed to help us remember and live faithfully according to the story of Jesus’ life and his work for our salvation in fulfillment of God’s mission for the people of Israel and his plan for the whole world. In other words, the church calendar helps us order our worship and life together as a church around the whole story of the good news (gospel) of Jesus.
What is the connection between corporate worship on Sundays and daily life on Monday through Saturday? Scott Aniol, a professor of worship at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, offers reflections on the way the liturgy of Sunday forms us (or ought to form us) to be faithful followers of Jesus in every aspect of our lives. See his paper “Practice Makes Perfect: How Corporate Worship Forms Disciples.”
Here is an excellent article on John Calvin’s theology of the presence of Christ in the Lord’s Supper and its history in the Reformed churches.
Read this moving summary of almost everything you need to know and love about the Holy Spirit of God in less than 800 words. And may the Spirit of the Lord be with you.
May 24 is the beginning of a new season in the church calendar. The colors at the front of the church have changed from white to red to mark the beginning of Pentecost, which celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the church for a new era of mission under the leadership of Jesus.