By Catherine Delve, WTC MA Student Praise as Default Ever since I was a child, I’ve known something of the power of praise. Praise was a default after my dad walked out, albeit after 24 hours once the initial shock had passed. It seemed something of a rebellious act—my own small act of rebellion in […]
[This is Part III of a series on lament. Part I is HERE, and Part II HERE] Objections objections… Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. (Jas 4:9) Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in […]
Time to Protest? In my previous post I discussed the continued lack of lament in contemporary worship (of the ‘worship band’ variety). My point was that there’s been very little appreciable movement toward lament in the past decades among the major producers of the songs listed on the CCLI lists and the like. Because of […]
The title of this post comes from Walter Brueggemann’s influential essay ‘The Costly Loss of Lament,’ written in 1986 (repr. in Psalms and the Life of Faith).
Worship as Warfare The book of Chronicles tells of a story where King Jehoshaphat of Judah faced an enemy coalition of some 2 million soldiers, or just a few shy of modern China’s active military. The story is clearly engaging in some hyperbole, since the size of this army alone is well beyond all human population […]