02B The Worship Leader’s Magna Carta: Colossians 3:16 TNW PP

Is this the most important chapter in my book, The New Worship?  Newer translations and recent scholarly papers are adopting the viewpoint expressed here, that Col 3:16 contains instrumental clauses. Psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit are “a means” by which the word (message) of Christ dwells richly among us. Our songs should teach & admonish, says Paul. Also be sure to consider the implications of Colossians 1:28. Many issues to consider here!

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7A Ezra/Synagogue (supplement) PIP PP

This PowerPoint supplements chapters 7 and 8 of People in the Presence of God.

Ezra convenes scripture-reading event: reads 4 hours, praises 4 hours. Origin of synagogue unclear (perhaps Babylon). Synagogue worship: scroll ceremony, public-lectionary-scripture-reading, shema (creed-like), 18 benediction prayer, homily (short sermon).  Any qualified person could teach/preach.  Comparison of Synagogue to Protestant/Catholic service.  Creative ideas on public reading of  scripture. Hymn for paraphrasing the Apostle’s Creed.

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