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Liturgy, Scripture and preaching

Here are two blogs by Zac Hicks discussing a more liturgical worship setting,  and whether it means less emphasis on preaching and yet a greater emphasis on Scripture.  I agree with him that there has to be room for all three.  A formal liturgy, along with a significant focus on Scripture does not have to be at the exclusion of good, solid preaching. Rather, they should go hand in hand in hand, flowing cohesively together to bring us together in Spirit and in truth.

Read his two posts here and here.

2 comments to Liturgy, Scripture and preaching

  • Thanks for the shout out and the understanding! To answer Harry, all I meant by the “Catholic diet” comment was that inherent in their liturgy is a regular reading of the Scriptures from various parts of the Bible. Their lectionary provides readings from the OT and NT every week. If Harry needs to see it supported, he should attend a mass or investigate Catholic liturgies online. He’ll see those readings in there, week in and week out.

    And…liturgy’s all over Scripture. But that’s another topic. 🙂

    Blessings in Christ!
    Zac

  • I read both blogs. I don’t actually disagree, for instance, I think modern evangelicalism has become, in some cases, too casual and sometimes careless. There is an emphasis on “worship”, which is code for “performance”. Preaching is shallow, aimed at an elusive “seeker” demographic. I disagree with a statement he made to the effect that Catholics are receiving a steady diet of solid Scripture. Not an impossibility, but I would want to see that supported in some way; I am not seeing the evidence. As for the concept of liturgy…I just don’t see it in Acts 2. It’s just not there. Doesn’t mean that the Holy Spirit can’t lead through a particular ceremony. But preaching is the thing. It is in preaching the word that God slays the hearts of condemned sinners and the lazy, lukewarm believer. Preach hard and let the chips fall where they may.