Worship Without Words

Tania Runyan wonders if the songs in worship services would still be worship if they didn’t have the lyrics—if they were played by a single violin. If worship isn’t just singing songs, than what actually qualifies as adoration? In this column, Tania questions the boundaries we assign to worship to discover what it really means to be devoted to God.

 

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PART 1

In Spirit, In Time

In today’s evangelical church, the word worship has become synonymous with singing. Worship leaders belt out popular Christian tunes, and we sing along to words projected on a screen. Read more >




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PART 2

Faith Beyond the Dividing Lines

In nineteenth century Appalachia, during the Second Great Awakening, fiddle music was believed to have come from the devil. Many musicians felt called to “lay it down.” Read more >




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PART 3

The Star of County Lake

“The Star of the County Down,” written by Cathal McGarvey in 1920, is an Irish ballad about a man who, for the life of him, can’t get a beautiful girl out of his head. Read more >




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PART 4

Reeling With Faithfulness

As a young believer, I was taught that a church is a community, not a building. Read more >




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PART 5

Speaking the Unspeakable

I have no idea what our house smells like, but I suspect it’s a mixture of dogs, coffee, lentil soup, and sweaty kids. Read more >



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