Entries by Jason Bradshaw

Toward a Definition of Worship

Being that there is a great deal of romanticism surrounding the idea of worship, it is important that we get down to a definition of what worship is.  Otherwise we may be prone to worshipping worship itself, rather than the God who deserves our praise. “there is a profound sense in which excellent worship cannot […]

Worship: Deeply, Outward, Upward

If you read through the Old Testament, you find that there are entire chapters devoted to describing what Israel’s worship was to look like. There are sections detailing what they priests were to wear (Ex. 28), who is to offer sacrifices and when, what qualifies as an acceptable offering (Lev. 1-7), the dimensions of the […]

Uncomfortable Idolatry

The first commandment was first for a reason. Martin Luther wrote on the first commandment in his larger catechism: “That is: Thou shalt have [and worship] Me alone as thy God. What is the force of this, and how is it to be understood? What does it mean to have a god? or, what is […]

The Danger of Assumption

You don’t know much. Sorry, but its true. As much as we value education and knowledge in our world, we really don’t know much of anything.  In fact, it seems at times that our continued search for knowledge only leaves us knowing that we have more to learn. Now, throw this lack of true knowledge into […]

Random Thoughts From Our Sabbatical

When I was growing up, pastors were given extended vacations, known as “sabbaticals” (try saying that term to someone outside the church and see how they look at you), for two reasons. Either they were writing a book or some other task that would dominate a period of months or they had screwed up somehow […]

Building Music Ministry on the Gospel

Just as Jesus is both the sacrifice and the priest, so the gospel is both the means and focus of corporate worship—that is to say, the Godhead’s work in the gospel is our central focus and we are capable of such worship only through the access we have in Christ. It is vitally important for […]

Proof of Life

How can I be sure that I am saved? When I was in the 7th grade, my science class covered certain characteristics that determined organisms to be alive—they would respond to stimuli, respiration, and a bunch of other things I honestly can’t remember. The idea was to be able to classify whether or not a […]