Desiring the Kingdom Book Club, week 14: Monastic Cultural Engagement
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This week we’re discussing the rest of chapter 5, where, yes, Smith did say, “The minister raises her hands.” eye roll Summary: Influential Monastic Communities Yes, worship is meant to shape us. So why does it often seem to have so little influence? Partly because the secular liturgies exegeted in chapter 3 surround much more of our time and lives, but also because the time and space they do get is unconscious, brain-switched-off time: so their message goes straight to … Read More

Desiring the Kingdom, week 13: Law, Confession, and Freedom
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This week for Desiring the Kingdom, we’re discussing the chapter 5 sections “Law,” “Confession & Pardon,” and “Baptism.” I’m sorry I’m so late in getting this out. It is too bad, too, because this was a great section! I wish I could delve into it a bit deeper, but that just isn’t going to work out right now. Chapter 5 might just make the slog through the middle worth it. :) Summary: The elements of worship teach us of the … Read More

Desiring the Kingdom Book Club, week 12: Antiphonal Living
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This week in Desiring the Kingdom, we enter the worship service proper with the call to worship and the response of singing. Worship is beautiful, is it not? I look forward to thinking more and more how these aspects of weekly worship affect and can shape the rest of our days and our whole lives. Summary: Call and Response Worship is antiphonal. God is the One summoning us, the One acting first. Worship of the triune God is relational and … Read More

Desiring the Kingdom Book Club, week 11: To Be Fully Human is to Worship
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This week in Desiring the Kingdom, we delve into the meat of the book: how worship shapes us and makes us a peculiar people. Summary:  Being called to worship Embedded in our gathering in response to this call is an implicit understanding of what is required for human flourishing. To be human is to be called. The church is God’s called-out people. God calls, and we respond by gathering as a body to worship. This is the defining part of … Read More

Desiring the Kingdom Book Club, week 10: Worship Becomes Worldview
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This week we’re discussing the rest of chapter 4 of Desiring the Kingdom in which Smith seems to hedge his bets, backpedal a bit, and gear up for the chapter he’s been telling us to wait for all along. Summary: Not all liturgies are equally weighty Smith backpedals a bit – and rightly so – on the sacramental view of nature. Yes, we can experience God’s presence and blessing when we pay attention to the moment in our everyday lives … Read More

Desiring the Kingdom Book Club, week 9:
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This week we’re discussing chapter 4, pages 131-144, about the nature of material and our priorities in worship and worldview. I’ll admit, this section made me nervous and uncomfortable, more so than the previous chapter. In this chapter, Smith would say one thing that I knew I agreed with, and then pair it with something I did not agree with. Amazon links are affiliate links and help pay for site costs & my book addiction. Thanks! Summary: Practices matter, but … Read More

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