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Encouragement from Men

July 27, 2010

One of the things that has caught me a bit off guard about our new church is how active the men are in giving out encouragement.  Some Sundays it is almost too much (seriously, I want to be at lunch within 45 minutes of church being over!).

It has actually caused me to re-think how men tend to think about worship.

What is the climate like in your church?  Do the men take the lead in encouraging roles or do the women do that?


Things to Come for iWorshipYahweh

January 26, 2010

Before I do another post, I want to thank everybody who participated in discussions about worship and the importance of relevance in our worship offerings.  I delayed so long in putting up a follow up my concluding thoughts because many of you had a lot to say on the subject.

With that said: I’m working on finalizing my ideas on the topic and putting together a few more posts.  A few things that you can expect from the near future (not in this order):

  1. The Little Village that Could
  2. Is our worship offering to God a performance?
  3. Is using secular songs in our worship offering to God acceptable?

While I’m putting together my thoughts on these topics, feel free to email me your thoughts! .

Your Servant,

Cory Zipperle

Christmas Commercialism FTW?

November 16, 2009

The funniest thing about Christmas is that the people who complain about how popular Christmas is tend to be the people who should be happiest that Christmas is such a big deal.  While the rest of the world is out there promoting Christ, many of our brothers and sisters are decrying the commercialism that comes with Jesus’ birthday.

Why? What a great mechanism for getting the word out about Jesus!  Heck, a big part about evangelism practically takes care of itself this time of year!  We just need to be out there seizing the moments and making a good impression on people!

Now, I know that people are reading this are still grumbling about commercialism, greed, and whatever else they can come up with.  After all, this is just my opinion right?  I don’t know.  I read Paul in Philippians 1:15-18 where he acknowledges that there are going to be some who preach Christ for their own gain (v17).  Paul asks “But what does it matter?” then answers by saying motives don’t matter.  What matters is that Christ is preached.  I think that Paul, the ultimate evangelist would shout “Christmas commercialism FTW!” then put himself in a position to do his job while somebody else takes care of the promotion part.

So while there is a lot of noise at Christmas, one thing cannot be denied: eventually somebody is going to be confronted with the Jesus side of Christmas.  A seed has to be planted before it can grow.

So I wonder, are you going to be doing your part to make sure that they are able to get good answers?  Or are you going to hide at home and bemoan this season for its supposed folly?

Christmas Commercialism FTW!

Hello World, the real one

October 16, 2009

Apparently when you setup a WordPress blog for the first time, it automatically generates a first time post called “hello world”.  Being somewhat nerdy, OK… I bite.  I’ll kill theirs and make my own “hello world” blog.

So my blog.  What do I have to contribute to this world that is already saturated with amature writing?  I honestly don’t know.  I do quite a bit of writing, mostly about worship and church related issues.  The problem is, I don’t share very much of it.  The people that I do tend to share with seem to find some value in my opinions, and even suggest from time to time that I make more of an effort to put my thoughts “out there.”  So OK… I’ll give it a shot.  Maybe I’ll find an audience.  Maybe I won’t.  We will just see what happens to stop by when I make a post!


Cory Zipperle