The Worship Quote of the Week for (02/03/2004):

Whose View of Worship Matters?
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is another about our critique of Christian worship. The author is theologian and philosopher, Dallas Willard.

If we honestly compared the amount of time in church spent thinking about what others think or might think with the amount of time thinking about what God is thinking, we would probably be shocked. Those of us in congregational leadership need to think deeply about this.

Often the “eyeservice” that occurs in present-day church services comes in the form of trying to “move” people. “Wasn’t that a great service?” we often say. But what do we mean? Are we really thinking about how God felt about the service? What is the correlation between God’s view of a great service and the human view? We need to be very careful about this, or the rule, “Truly, they have their reward,” may apply to us.

— Dallas Willard, in THE DIVINE CONSPIRACY: REDISCOVERING OUR HIDDEN LIFE IN GOD, Chapter 6, “Investing in the Heavens: Escaping the Deceptions of Reputation and Wealth.” San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1998, p. 202. ISBN 0-06-069333-9

Have a great week,

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

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