May 2018

The Central Message of the Bible

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Renowned theologian Professor Karl Barth visited the United States in 1962. His appearance at the University of Chicago attracted ministers, theologians, and students from all over North America. And of course, the press was on hand.

“Dr. Barth, you are recognized as perhaps the greatest theologian of this century,” one reporter began in an interview. “What is the most profound theological idea you have entertained?” After a moment’s thought the Swiss theologian replied, “Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so!”

John Wesley's Legacy in Worship

Dr. Randy L. Maddox (RM), who is the William Kellon Quick Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Duke Divinity School and a leading scholar on the life and work of John Wesley, sat down with Holiness Today to discuss John Wesley’s contribution to worship in the church.?

HT: Randy, we know of Charles Wesley’s best contributions to church music, but John Wesley made some contributions as well. Can you enlighten us on some of those?

The Focus of Worship

Christ’s followers worship God on a regular basis. Sometimes we worship in personal ways; often we worship corporately. The heart of worship centers our attention on God: who He is, how Scripture describes Him, and how He relates to His creation. We sing, praise, pray, and wait as we focus our attention on the One who made us all. Then, we offer ourselves to Him as a further act of worship.

I think most of us agree in principle with this understanding of worship. However, some of Christ’s followers disagree, as illustrated by daily practices and perspectives. Let me explain.