Since 2013, the Theopolis Institute has been training imaginative, courageous Christian leaders to meet the challenges of our time. We have erected scaffolding for the work of rebuilding the house of God.
And this summer, we are making it easier for you to join this band of dedicated leaders, when we inaugurate our revised Junior Fellows Program.
Theopolis will admit up to thirty men and women as 2019-2020 Junior Fellows. Junior Fellows will meet in Birmingham, Alabama, for a two-week session in July, and regather for a week-long session the following January.
Junior Fellows will learn how to read the Bible, master the fundamentals of liturgy, and engage with critical cultural problems and thinkers. Each day will be punctuated by worship and Psalm-singing.
Peter Leithart and I continue our series on the book of Leviticus and are joined by Dr David Field and … James Jordan! This week we discuss the significance of the tabernacle.
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I have been following the resurgence of interest in ancient liturgies and have read your two part article on Theopolis as well as several podcasts where you speak about this topic. As a lifetime evangelical who has been awakened and inspired by the depths of church history, sacramental theology, and liturgy in the past year, I am incredibly excited to see more and more evangelicals looking into what worship truly means Biblically and how it forms us as worshipers through liturgy.
I am wondering in what ways you could see the “liturgically opposed” churches such as the ones I was raised in embrace some of these historical forms and practices while avoiding the pitfalls you pointed out in your articles? I am a worship leader with a deep desire to shape our services into a more Biblical, liturgical form but don’t really know where to start.
Any other resources you could recommend to me would be greatly appreciated!
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On this week’s Mere Fidelity, the whole cast gets together to discuss Andrew’s new book, Spirit and Sacrament: An Invitation to Eucharismatic Worship.
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One of my supporters has very kindly transcribed this video, in which I address the novel practice of singing Happy Birthday to Jesus at Christmas time. I don’t have time to transcribe my videos myself, so anyone willing to volunteer to transcribe one video every week or fortnight would be greatly appreciated! The transcript is very lightly edited at a few points for the purpose of comprehension.
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In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I continue our discussion of the Song of Songs, exploring connections between sexuality and liturgy.
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I recently ran into a new (to me?) liturgical trend that seems to be suddenly ubiquitous, and that, at least initially caught me somewhat flat footed: Celebrating Christmas by singing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus, and/or making part of the Christmas celebration a birthday party for Jesus.
My initial feeling is that this celebration is extremely misguided, and I think I can articulate some objections; but I’m having some difficulty clearly and thoroughly articulating an objection (assuming it is problematic), and I don’t know how to respond well. What are your thoughts on this sort of liturgical practice, and how to respond to it well? I’m particularly concerned regarding the catechesis of my daughter.
(RE: Its ubiquity: Today our pastor said the church would sing “Happy Birthday to Jesus” in the liturgy after the Christ candle in the advent wreath is lit–as if the Christ candle were His birthday candle(!), and there’d be birthday cake for Jesus after the service; my daughter sang it as part of her preschool’s Christmas celebration; and my nephew’s LCMS Christmas celebration was a celebration of “The birthday of our best friend, Jesus”.)
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