While We are on the Subject…

My Easter article on crosswalk.com encouraged readers to consider the benefits of the church calendar and similar “tradition” as a way to deepen their worship experiences. Apparently the topic of liturgy–its pros and cons–has become a centerpiece of discussion in recent months among Protestants in both low and high church traditions.

Anglicans/Episcopalians argue that liturgy teaches the scripture in greater breadth–every 3 years the Bible is read aloud in its entirety–whereas in non-liturgical churches the pastor picks his favorite verses and much of the Bible is never taught. Of course, the low church protestants complain that too often “tradition” overrules or supercedes the authority of scripture, and the Bible is interpreted through tradition too much.

That’s just a taste of the discussion. The disagreements between the two views are too innumerable to cite here. But I believe the discussion is worth the work, worth the potential conflict. Some old Bible church friends from college have become Anglicans since last I saw them 12 years ago. We recently discussed their “switch.” As a former Catholic, I’m intrigued. So when I read Scot McKinght’s discussion on Jesus Creed about a new book on the topic, I perked up. Beyond Bells and Smells is written by Mark Galli, senior managing editor at Christianity Today and an evangelical Anglican, a member at the Church of the Resurrection in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Check out Scot’s summary of the book, and the interesting dialogue that ensued amongst his readers. What do you think about the whole idea of liturgy? Is it from the devil? Does it lead you closer to God? Somewhere in between?

Salvation is Here

My church has been singing this new song (to us) for the last few weeks to prepare for Easter. It’s upbeat, fast, full of energy and hope. Read the words below and listen here:

God above all the world in motion
God above all my hopes and fears
And I don’t care what the world throws at me now
I’m gonna be alright

Hear the sounds of the generations
Making loud our freedom song
All in all that the world would know Your name
We’re gonna be alright

Cause I know my God saved the day
And I know His word never fails
And I know my God made a way for me
Salvation is here
Salvation is here…

Salvation is here and He lives in me
Salvation is here…
Salvation that died just to set me free
Salvation is here…
Salvation is here and He lives in me
Salvation is here…
Cause You are alive and You live in me
(Hillsong United, 2005)