The Worship Quote of the Week for (01/01/2002):

Worship and Antiquity
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE reminds us that biblical worship is centered on an
ancient faith in the one true and living God, but it must be understood and
articulated in contemporary language. The author is William Barclay.

For some extraordinary reason, the Church moves in an atmosphere of
antiquity. I have no doubt that it makes for dignity; I have also no doubt
that there are times when it makes for complete irrelevance; for, if there
one thing that is true of religion it is that it must always be expressible
in contemporary terms. Religion fails if it cannot speak to men as they are.

— William Barclay (1907-1978), IN THE HANDS OF GOD, 1967.

Happy New Year!

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky