Posts Tagged ‘worship’

Forever at Concordia Seminary

The Gottesdienst blog today has a post in which it seeks to expose the worship practices occurring at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.  Those that know me who tell you that I am one who uses the liturgy and hymnody of the Church each week with joy.  I am one who understands quite clearly the concern […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on October 20th, 2015 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , ,  •  5 Comments

Why do you go to church?

Why do you go to church?  Most in our day think that if one goes to church, they go to show God how much they love him.  They go to serve him.  They go to give him glory.  They go to serve Jesus. Luke 10:40-41  But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on July 15th, 2013 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Worth-ship

I recently was with a pastor who said he liked to call church worth-ship.  At first, I was interested.  I am always up for a little wordplay.  But then he explained.  He said he called church this because it was the place we went to give God worth.  What?  I could not believe my ears.  […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on November 30th, 2010 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , , , ,  •  2 Comments

Wayne Schmidt and Wall Altars

Wayne Schmidt.  Beholding him with your eyes would have made you consider overlooking him altogether, maybe literally.  But despite his small stature, he was a giant to me.  He taught my worship classes with such understanding and vigor.  He stressed things that seemed quite mundane at the time.  But these things too have grown in […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on October 1st, 2010 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , , , ,  •  1 Comment

It is better to receive than to give.

It is better to receive than to give.  No, I did not mistype that.  I do understand the point of the more common arrangement of these words.  And when it comes to how we deal with our neighbors, that arrangement of these words is dead on in many respects. But not so when it comes […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on July 27th, 2010 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Salvation to all the senses.

I believe that one thing the church of old understood better than the modern church was that the salvation of God should penetrate all the senses God gave to humanity. They put it before people’s eyes to let sight feast on it.  They did it in paraments, vestments, and stained glass.  The people saw it […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on June 14th, 2010 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , ,  •  1 Comment