The Five “P’s” of Passionate Worship

    Passionate Worship is one of the “Five Practices” that Robert Schnase identifies when talking about fruitful congregations and fruitful living.  To be a congregation or individual who are bearing spiritual fruit we need to engage in worship that has its roots deep within the Spirit.  I will be the first to admit that there are days when worship is difficult.  Far too often the concerns of life crowd out my worship desire.

    Schnase identifies five “P’s” that people who practice Passionate Worship seek to have in their life: prioritize, prepare, participate, pray and persist.  Continue reading

Lenten Study: A Cure For Those Winter Doldrums?

It seems like only yesterday that we were engaged in the celebration of Christmas.  Last week, as I took a prayer walk in the Greenbrier Neighborhood, I noticed reminders of that celebration are still present.  Many houses have not been able to take down their Christmas decorations which now, having been battered by rain, snow and wind have taken on a sad if not eerie quality.  Smiling snowmen with their holiday wishes look out with sad eyes that seem to say, “it’s over isn’t it?”

I think that many of us find our faith life enter into a post-Christmas lull .  We put all we can into celebrating the religious and secular aspects of Christmas and then find that our spiritual energy has been used up.  Continue reading