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Lent 2018: What can the Ancient Church Teach Us?

St. John of the Cross wrote, "In the twilight of life, God will not judge us on earthly possession and human success, but rather on…"
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I Surrender All?

All to Jesus, I surrender; all to him I freely give; I will ever love and trust him, in his presence daily live I surrender all, I surrender all, All to Thee, my blessed savior, I surrender all. The well-known and beloved hymn above was written by Judson W. Van DeVenter in the late 19th...
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The Work of Beauty

Vision and rapture, form and light work simultaneously to bring us to God. That's the beauty of God in Christ! In being caught up, we see with the eyes of our mind, and in seeing we are caught up to the invisible God.
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Beauty: Hope for Dark Days

What is God's Beauty? How can beauty give us hope for the difficult times we face? From Dr. Jim Hart's 1/3/2018 Presidential Address to the community of the Institute for Worship Studies.
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A Sword Will Pierce Your Own Soul (Feast of the Presentation of the Lord)

Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” (Luke 2:34, 35) “Impassibilis...
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How do we Understand an Infinite God?

How do we finite, sinful creatures understand and encounter the God who is both infinitely true and infinitely good?
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Our Daily Bread

Seeing this fuller meaning of "our daily bread" has altered the way I pray this phrase. I recognize it not only as a prayer for abundant provision for myself, my family and the world's poor, but I also recognize it and reflect on it as a petition for our communion with the Bread of Life,...
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Advent: Already and Not Yet

O God, who makest us glad with the yearly expectation of thy coming, grant that we, who with joy receive thy only-begotten Son as our Redeemer, may without fear behold him when he shall come to be our Judge, even thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy...
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Thanksgiving 2017 Reflection from the President

Let us give thanks that we have union with God through Christ as members of his mystical Body, proclaiming, singing and enacting the gospel in robust mission that transforms the world into the fullness of Christ’s Kingdom, ushering in the reign of God across the earth.
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Worship and the Biblical Narrative

Spiritual formation takes place only in the womb of the Church. And, worship is famously the source and summit of the spiritual life of the Church.
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James Hart: Worship and Culture

An excessively culturally accommodating church will try to look so much like the secular world that its participation in and witness to the life of God is diminished or even nullified.
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Merry Christmas from IWS

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. —John 1:14 NIV “And now, with what words shall we praise the love of God? What thanks shall we give? He so...
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A Legacy of True Transformation

I strongly urge you to prayerfully and seriously consider IWS as one of your priority charitable interests. Deferred support like estate planning can leave a Kingdom legacy, impacting multiple generations. This kind of gift is often the single most significant act of generosity toward God that most of us will ever perform. Let your hands...
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James Hart: Aligning With the Star

Worship leaders have the awesome privilege of inviting others to follow the star . . . to enter into the right worship of God and to be rightly aligned unto him.
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