"head" and "heart" when it comes to matters of prayer and worship.
We must not worship without study, for ignorant worship is of limited value
and can be very dangerous. We may develop "a zeal for God, but not according
to knowledge" (Rom. 10:2) and do great harm to ourselves and others. But
worship must be added to study to complete the renewal of our mind through a
willing absorption in the radiant person who is worthy of all praise. Study
without worship is also dangerous, and the people of Jesus constantly suffer
from its effects, especially in academic settings. To handle the things of
God without worship is always to falsify them.
- Dallas Willard, in THE DIVINE CONSPIRACY: REDISCOVERING OUR HIDDEN LIFE IN
GOD, HarperSanFrancisco, 1998, Chapter 9, "A Curriculum for Christlikeness,"
[For a similar quote from John Stott's ROMANS: GOD'S GOOD NEWS FOR THE WORLD,
take a look at <
Stott talks about the necessity for both theology (belief about God) and
doxology (worship of God).]
Have a great week,
Pastor of Worship and Music
Chapel Hill Bible Church
Chapel Hill, North Carolina