Worshipping the Lord is a lifestyle.

Yes, music plays a key role, as does our response to it. Like it or not, the biggest book in the Bible is a compilation of song lyrics from an elite group of writers. Like a 4,000 year old version of ASCAP/CCLI.

But recognizing all the various ways we bring him glory is paramount in understanding the value of using our passions to bring him glory.

Glory is better defined as “things that summon awe” than the proverbial appearance of a mystic cloud of his presence (though there is Biblical precedent for the later).

Everything you see in this shot was constructed by extremely passionate people. To my knowledge, none of them are of a quality to perform a memorable singing solo, nor would they prefer the limelight to even attempt it.

But this stage set has inspired to many compliments – so much awe – that it’s assisted people in a very direct way of connecting with the beauty and majesty of God.

It’s awe-some.

Not awe-a-lot. That would be Jesus himself.

But our passions + “some awe” = a worship experience that points others to Jesus. That’s ultimately one of the greatest rolls you can play in life.

My heartfelt thanks to Megan Buckles for being Project Manager on this one; and to her husband Dave, as well as Zach, Trey, and Faith. Thank you for inspiring wonder in those who worship at New Life. ch:


gabe · 27 Jan ’12 at 5:03 pm

Like a 4,000 year old version of ASCAP/CCLI. lol 😀
great post

bytheway, what happened to your website yesterday and this morning? it said it “would be back soon” or something. what happened (now i’m really curious :))

    Christopher Hopper · 29 Jan ’12 at 11:16 pm

    Transferring the hosting; it’s been quite an ordeal and still not over yet. The server we use got hacked hard core.

Emma e squared · 28 Jan ’12 at 3:52 pm

Yeah. About yesterday… Have you gone undercover?!
Your post made me think of my old church where, even though some pews were roped off because the ceiling was crumbling, the organ music and the people singing was really inspiring. More proof that the church is the people and not the building.

    Christopher Hopper · 29 Jan ’12 at 11:17 pm

    Indeed it is!

    As for yesterday, I’m transferring the hosting for the site; it’s been quite an ordeal and still not over yet. The server we use got hacked hard core.

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