Visiting a Charismatic Catholic Conference

Visiting a Charismatic Catholic Conference

‘You’ll find the prayer room down the corridor on the right’, said the welcoming assistant cheerfully. ‘The Lord is there’, she added in a more serious tone. ‘Yes of course he is!’ grinned my wife, thinking it was a joke. The Lord is everywhere, of course, so He is...
An embodied God?

An embodied God?

Can we meet God in our bodies? This question seems strange and yet it is implied in almost everything we do in our Christian life: prayer, worship, fellowship and communion. If we answer “yes” then we need to explain “how”. If we answer “no” then we have to explain...
God in Three Persons?

God in Three Persons?

It’s 12:30 on a Sunday morning, and the organ has just teed up the closing hymn. Lunch is eminent; one song to go. With a low, hungry growl, you peel yourself up from the pew, and begin to sing: ‘Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, Early in the morning my song shall...
Worship in Spirit and Truth

Worship in Spirit and Truth

‘God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’ (John 4:24) The question of how we ought to worship has given rise to bitter conflict in the body of Christ. So well-known is the controversy that it has its own name: ‘worship wars’. Moderns...
What is Worship?

What is Worship?

I grew up in a church which was home to two competing attitudes to Christian worship. One of them was expressed when people emerged from a service grumbling that they “didn’t get anything out of” the worship that morning. The other was manifest in a common response to...