Welcome to Worship Ink

Welcome to Worship Ink

I have been thinking a lot lately about getting a tattoo. As a 40 something member of Generation X I am acutely aware of being surrounded by people with personal ink. I catch myself being constantly surprised by the amount and variety of ink around me. People of all walks of life and generations, color and background, share a common experience; getting a permanent representation of personal taste and expression.

When I was a teen and later in college being “expressive” meant getting your ear pierced and wearing torn up jeans, all of which I did. Tattoos were for those who really needed something radical to express themselves. Then, during the course of the next 2 decades (I graduated college for the first time in 1989) I noticed more tattoos began to appear in more places on a greater diversity of people. One great example is the NBA, where in the 80’s I don’t know if I ever saw a player with visible ink to now when I am not sure I could name a player who does not display a tattoo of some kind. Sometimes I think if I am to retain my “cutting edge” I am going to have to get “inked,” or at least just start wearing my earring again. Of course, if I break out the earring does that mean I have to re-grow the “mullet” I used to sport?

So, welcome to Worship Ink, the blog that finds a way to navigate the change that has occurred and is still occurring in worship in our churches. Worship Ink stands for merging the old school “pen to paper” method of communication and the new school “self expression through any and all media” which is represented by the tattoo or “ink” and even the mode  of composition and communication I am using here: the blog. I am entering the blogosphere with the intention of reaching out to everyone using my thoughts, insights, and perhaps even an original idea or two about worship in Christian churches, both here and abroad, in any denomination, from the perspective of all generations. I will be posting my own thoughts, researched information, and even sharing the comments of you the reader if you share them with me. I will post reference materials and suggested books, which of course you can purchase for your Kindle or iPad if you are adverse to paper. Most of all I will present to you honest, non-partisan observations intended to encourage and facilitate an open dialogue about all things worship; NOT JUST MUSIC, but ALL things that are part of our personal and corporate worship of God.

Please send me your questions and ideas. I want this blog to be driven by what you want to know, not by just what I think is important and have to say. I am looking forward to this experience. Now, where did I put my earrings . . .


Welcome to Worship Ink — 3 Comments

  1. First off, please delete my previous posts. Briefly, here’s my take on worship. Every person worships someone or something. We were created to worship. The problem comes when we worship the wrong persons or things. Worshiping the wrong persons or things leaves us unsatisfied and empty. We worship to fulfill needs in our lives, and when our worship is directed towards persons or things other than God, our needs are unfulfilled. This results in us often devolving even deeper into destructive patterns of living, endeavoring to have our needs met.

    Paraphrasing the Greatest Commandment, we are to love God with our heads, our hearts and our feet. We are to love and worship God with the totality of our being. Our love for God can be expressed through endless means–from art, music, poetry, writing, reading, academic study, missions, random acts of kindness, work, etc. In fact, there’s not a single aspect of life that is exempt from being an act of worship.

    On the Food Network, I recently watched a Buddhist Monk competing against an Iron Chef. What I most admired about this Buddhist Monk was his way of incorporating cooking into an act of worship. I thought to myself, why don’t Western Christians do the same? Why do we so compartmentalize our lives and not allow God into so many phases of our everyday lives? What would our lives look like if we not only allowed but sought God’s presence into each and every phase of our everyday lives? That, it seems to me, is what it means to worship and love God with the totality of our being.

  2. A portion of this week’s sermon is Ephesians 5.18-20 (NRSV).

    “Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

    Ever been “drunk in the Spirit”? It’s sort of like being drunk on wine, only a whole lot more fun. You sing songs of praise from the top of your lungs, your knees often become wobbly, and standing still is impossible. And yes, it’s also a good idea to have a designated driver available.

    I once attended a special evening of worship with a very stoic and proper Associate Methodist pastor. Truth is, he was a total L7 (a square). But by the time the worship band cranked out the final worship song of the evening (“We Will Dance”), the guy was totally unhinged. He was hollering, whooping, lifting his hands in worship and dancing! After the song ended, an altar invitation was offered for those seeking prayer. He RAN to the altar. Unfortunately, he quickly sobered up and went back to being an L7. Oh well…

    Let’s all get drunk this Sunday morning.

  3. Looking forward to the discussions about worship. One topic that I think about is worship style. The debate over what style of worship is “right” causes divisions in our churches and concerns me. I love all kinds of music and wish we didn’t segregate one kind of music to one audience or meeting time. It is not a new conflict, but one that has gone on since the beginning of the Christian church. Thanks for getting us all together in this space, Craig, and encouraging us to explore worshipping our Risen and Mighty Lord.

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