The Worship Quote of the Week for (03/05/2002):

Praying or Falling Prey
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is from a short little booklet about the "Glory of God
in Christ"—highly recommended. Author John Hannah is Senior Professor of
Historical Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Many churches have fallen prey to cultural assimilation. They have
degenerated into self-serving enterprises whose primary celebration is to
exalt God as giver and the validation of a message of cultural narcissism and
personal advantages. Such churches have accommodated themselves to things
that are not eternal. Genuine worship is not like that. It realizes the worth
of God and our dependence on him. It is not a celebration of a favored
socioeconomic status within a decadent capitalistic state.

Any sane person might tip his allegorical hat to a God who is merely a cosmic
provider, but Christian communities do not exist to wonder at their physical
abundance. They exist to adore the God who is abundant in mercy and

— John D. Hannah, TO GOD BE THE GLORY. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2000, p. 9.
ISBN 1-58134-171-7

["For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory
forever. Amen." Romans 11:36]

Have a great week,

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