I have no idea. It was the only time I've ever been to Chicago, which was probably 20 some odd years ago.
If it's not there anymore, that's really sad. Ah...the memories.
The best pizza I've ever had was at the original Pizzaria Uno in downtown Chicago (not the chain). We sat at what was purported to be Frank Sinatra's table.
I think it probably goes without questions that OT concepts of worship (even early NT concepts) were completely different than ours. This isn't to say there were not problems in the OT times. You can see in Scripture evidence of people who got into the idea that if they just brought the fatted calf or whatever offering was appropriate, they though they were all good regardless of any heart attitude or change. Sounds a bit like folks who just show up on Sunday and sing a few songs and listen to a sermon and then go on about their lives with no change.
As for corporate worship, much of what I'm writing about in the book will not focus so much on corporate worship, rather than what does genuine worship entail. I do comment on corporate worship in the book, but mostly to dispel misconceptions and as a jumping off point into the wider worship discussion since people are familiar with Sunday worship.
Yes! Totally agree on the comfort level idea. In fact, the longer I do "the job" the more I'm convinced times of worship should make us feel equally comforted and uncomfortable. Notice the word comfortable never enters the conversation. Worship should challenge us to "work out our salvation in fear and trembling," while at the same time comfort us in the love and grace and mercy of Almighty God.
As for the audience, it is my hope to write more toward the pew sitter than the leaders. The problem with that is marketing. If I do ever get the book into print, just because of the vagaries of publishing, it's more likely to sell to ministers rather than general members. I guess we'll worry about all that whenever I get done and try to sell the thing to a publisher.
Absolutely. There is no doubt many church going people get caught up in that idea. There is also no doubt there does seem to be a kind of "group consciousness" at work the larger the crowd. This is actually one of the issues I'll be talking about in the book. On one side you've got people who get caught up in the crowd dynamic and think they've worshiped because of a false emotional high, but there is also the ability in a large crowd to drop inhibitions and be more freely expressive.
The challenge is to lead people into genuine and freely expressive worship regardless of crowd size.
Thanks for the link, I'll look it over. I wish you blessings on your own book as well.
You got it. I'll put you on the short list. Volume one is shaping up fairly quickly, so you may have a beta PDF in your email by January (or sooner). We'll see how hot I can keep my pencil. I'm already developing cramps.
I'll be looking forward to everyone's answers. Feel free to ask questions anytime. I can always make up an answer. ;)
Writing kind of just suck the energy out of so many other creative avenues, doesn't it?
Hey man, thanks for the welcome back. I really hope to make something of the books. I would really like to have my beta readers for both books be people I know and trust. You can be sure I'll be hitting you up for some contributions on the worship book as well.