Next week I shall be at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, near Boston, giving six lectures. Four of them fall within a day's Pastors' Forum (on Tuesday), with the other two occurring during the morning chapel periods (on Wednesday and Thursday).
I have committed to speak on "Closing the Gap between Preaching and Worship." Occasionally, past blogs have referred to this gnawing concern of mine - that preaching and worship seem to operate in separate boxes in many contemporary churches. This separation is aided and abetted by definitions of worship that limit it to music or worship services. Actually, a full understanding of worship as embracing all that we are and have for all of God changes everything! Instead of separate boxes language, I see preaching as one (yes, vital and important but only one) dimension of worship itself.
My journey with preaching as worship has taken several years so far, but I am hoping that exposure to this august crowd will sharpen up my thinking. I shall hope to keep readers informed about some of the outcomes in future blogs. Perhaps you agree preaching and worship shouldn't be in separate boxes yourself? Please, let me know.