God Doesn't Need Me to Defend Him

"The Gospel is like a caged lion. It does not need to be defended. It just needs to be let out of its cage."

Above are the words of Charles Spurgeon, the great English preacher of the 19th century.

They sound great, and I'm sure we would all say that we believe them.

But do we really?

What about when the outreach pastor starts talking in the church staff meeting about that megachurch down the road that plays secular radio rock songs "because that's what unbelievers are comfortable with?" And, hey, look at the massive numbers that other


Do I Have to "Feel" the Words?

Many worshipers and worship pastors alike worry about whether or not their worship is genuine. In our current culture where authenticity and "being real" are valued so highly, many wonder whether it is even worthwhile attending worship services and singing along with words they aren't actively feeling at that moment.

Standing in church and singing about how much Jesus loves me during a time when I am feeling decidedly unloved by Him can seem dishonest and even pretentious. When I spent Saturday questioning His goodness and wondering why He has forsaken me, spending Sunday morning corporately proclaiming His


Isn't the Sermon More Important?

Or, how to have a meaningful conversation with "that person" who straggles in every Sunday as the worship band is walking off.

We all have them. The folks who walk in 25 minutes late every Sunday. Every single Sunday. And it genuinely doesn't bother them at all that they totally missed the sung worship.

I'm not talking about families with young kids. Go easy on them. I'm pointing to the mentality within Evangelicalism that the Sunday service exists for the preaching, and being there to learn is what counts.

"The sermon's the point anyway. I'm not really late.


Brown: Choosing Ancient, Proven, and Modern Songs

How much new stuff should my church sing? How much older content? What makes for a good balance?

There is a lot to like about Jamie Brown's recommendation: "Think in thirds." He recommends that, over time, your congregation's sung worship choices should roughly even out at about one-third Ancient songs (of which he includes 17th - 19th century hymnody), about one-third proven favorites from across the worship renewal movement of the last 50 years, and about one-third new content from today.

It's a helpful post to get us thinking.