Hymnals stacked up, books piled up

Are Hymns Still Relevant?

We love new things.  In recent decades we have been conditioned to dislike whatever is old and desire only that which is new. This mindset has infiltrated the church in many ways, especially when it comes to the worship service. We love the idea of new songs, new instruments, new backgrounds for the projected lyrics,…

Little boy praying for his dessert, saying grace

How To Pray For Your Meal

We have all been there. Everyone sits down to eat and waits for someone to pray for the meal. It seems like such a simple task, but at the same time people seem to make it something so complex. Is praying for a meal any different than praying for anything else? Is there a certain…

Old wooden church door

The Rise of Contemporary Adventist Church – Part 2 of 2

Contemporary Adventism is not a compromise of the core essentials. It’s about relevance. Think about the Jews’ journey from Egypt into Canaan. They had some things in the wilderness that they did not have beforehand, in Egypt; nor after, in Canaan. They didn’t need a pillar of fire by night, and a pillar of smoke…

Cement crucifix on the outside of a tall brick church

The Rise of Contemporary Adventist Church – Part 1

In thinking about the topic for this article, I was going to go all down the road on Emergent/postmodern theology, but decided rather to simply reflect on what Kanisa Fellowship means to me. In a nutshell, Kanisa challenges us to think in a Biblically-based, people- and Christ-centred way. That’s the essence of contemporary worship, and…