The Worship Quote of the Week for (07/23/2002):

Price vs. Value
Todayís WORSHIP QUOTE is another from the laptop of author N. T. Wright, the
Canon Theologian at Londonís Westminster Abbey.


PRICE VS. VALUE
People often quote Osar Wildeís dictum, that a cynic knows the price of
everything and the value of nothing. We live in an age of cynics, where
"worth" means "price" and "price" means money and money means power. But the
gospel of Jesus Christ puts worth back into the world, worth beyond price,
worth beyond worldly power; for the gospel of Jesus Christ summons us to
worship, to worthship, to lay our lives before the one true and living God,
to worship him for all heís worth. Give to this great and loving God the
honour, the worship, the love, due to him; celebrate the goodness, the worth,
the true value, of the created order, as his gift, his handiwork; and allow
that celebration to lift your eyes once more to God himself, to his glory and
beauty.

ó N. T. Wright, FOR ALL GODíS WORTH: TRUE WORSHIP AND THE CALLING OF THE
CHURCH. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997, p. 13. ISBN 0-8028-4319-0


["Were the whole realm of nature mine . . ." Isnít it interesting how we
often put so much stock in a churchís music/worship budget, or the size of
our programs? Yet, the true value of God-honoring worship comes not in how
much we spend, but in how much we remember the great price that has already
been paid in full. "Hallelujah, What a Savior!"]


Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky
www.carlstam.org
www.sbts.edu