Worship as foundation of counter-cultural witness

May 21, 2019 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. In an article for Metro, vicar and TV personality Kate Bottley argues that Kanye West’s new “Sunday Service” venture isn’t a proper church. There’s no sermon, Kanye himself is an egotistical pop star and celebrity not a proper priest, attendance at the ‘church’ is by invitation only, and the fantastically wealthy couple at the centre of it all don’t appear to be promoting a culture of helping the needy. While Kate may have a point, I think she’s missed...

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New song based on Galatians 5-6: ‘Come Holy Spirit, guide the way’

Apr 5, 2019 by

[Editor’s note: Well-known author Tim Chester is increasingly turning his hand to penning devotional songs]: Here’s a new song I’ve written with Rob Spink which is based on Galatians 5-6. We wanted to write something on the fruit of the Spirit which didn’t feel too much like a list and, even more importantly, set the fruit in their wider context.  Come Holy Spirit, guide the way, and lead us to the Son, we pray. With Christ we have been crucified, no longer slaves to sin and pride. From...

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How Contemporary Worship Music Is Shaping Us—for Better or Worse

Feb 11, 2019 by

by Matt Merker, The Gospel Coalition: It was roughly 50 years ago that young people started bringing their guitars to church. Converts from the hippie culture, known as Jesus People, strummed a chord that would echo around the world. Modern worship was born. In the ensuing decades, the phenomenon known as “praise and worship music” or “contemporary worship music” has seen its share of developments. By no means a monolithic movement, it has nevertheless coalesced into a highly recognizable...

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Why Anglo-Catholicism appeals to millennials

Feb 8, 2019 by

by Marcus Walker, Catholic Herald: “Twentysomethings are flocking to Anglo-Catholic services” shouted a headline in the Times above an article featuring my church, St Bartholomew the Great, in the City of London. As so often with headlines, the drama of the moment trumps the evidence of the article and accusations of hyperbole haunt the actual good news in the story that follows. But good news there is, however you define the word “flocking”. With two per cent of those under 25 in Britain...

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Millennials shun modern liturgy for ‘bells and smells’

Jan 5, 2019 by

by Tim Wyatt, The Times: Twentysomethings are flocking to Anglo-Catholic services for traditional worship with not a tambourine in sight. Almost everything about services at St Bartholomew the Great church is old-fashioned. Purple-robed choristers process through clouds of pungent incense. The priest, the Rev Marcus Walker, brandishes an ornate golden King James Bible above his head before reading from the 1611 text. The liturgy is a mixture of 16th-century prose and sung Latin. The medieval...

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Can we learn from ancient prayer books?

Jul 3, 2018 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. Why would a 21st century evangelical be interested in liturgy? asked Mark Earngey as he began his talk at Wycliffe Hall (on 11 June). An extrovert Australian, Mark is definitely not a nerdy academic, fascinated by church history for its own sake. His time in Oxford working on a DPhil and a book (both just completed) hasn’t affected his accent, his regular use of words like “mate” and “ripper”, or his commitment to see the church reflect Christ better. Born...

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