My dad’s father passed away when I was still a baby. Consequently I have only ever known one grandpa. My mom’s father, my grandfather, was a farmer. For most of my growing up years he lived four states away, so visits were usually once a year. Looking back on those visits, it seems to me that each member of my family (Mom and Dad and five kids) greeted Grandpa differently.

My middle sister, Barbara, seemed to have a special place in his heart. I remember “Bobbie,” as Grandpa called her, running to him and giggling. My brother, Bruce, had spent extra time with Grandpa working on the farm. They had labored side by side for days in the fields and in the barn. As a result, Bruce greeted Grandpa in a much more serious way, because he had a different relationship with Grandpa than did “Bobbie.” I was the youngest. I saw Grandpa as a giant. He was well over six feet tall. My father, by comparison, was a mere 5'6". I would generally just fling myself at Grandpa. My dad, in his inimitable way, would welcome Grandpa with a firm handshake and a warm, broad smile. And my mom would move quickly toward him and give him a big hug. In later years, when Grandpa was becoming increasingly frail, if you paid close attention, you might observe a tear in Mom’s eye or slight catch in her voice when she welcomed him.

“I’ll take ‘Church Stuff’ for one hundred dollars, Alex.”

“The answer is, ‘That’s the way we’ve always done it.’”

“Hmmm. How about, ‘Why do most churches do things the way they do?’”

“Right!”

The majority of churches today have the same general order or format for their services. Some of the elements may change periodically, or from church to church, but, overall, the corporate gatherings are very similar. Everything in the services leads to the climax: the sermon. Certainly, there may be other segments of the service that occur after the sermon—an altar call, communion, benediction, announcements, etc.—but the high point is the sermon.

Live-Mitschnitt eines Tagesseminars im Gemeindeforum des Missionshauses Bibelschule Wiedenest im März 2007.

Teil 3: Musik als Konfliktfeld der Gemeinde
Konflikte um die Lehre
Konflikte um den Musikstil
Konflikte um das Liedgut
Konflikte um die Macht

Live-Mitschnitt eines Tagesseminars im Gemeindeforum des Missionshauses Bibelschule Wiedenest im März 2007.

Teil 2: Musik und Kultur
Musik als Ausdruck kultureller Identität
Verschiedene Musikstile und ihre Zielgruppen
Königliche, Priesterliche und Prophetische Bedeutung der Musik

Live-Mitschnitt eines Tagesseminars im Gemeindeforum des Missionshauses Bibelschule Wiedenest im März 2007.

Teil 1: Musik als Sprache des Herzens
Verschiedene Musikstile und ihre Herkunft

   
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