words on worship from Nancy Ortberg


“Something happened here in this room last night, there’s no doubt about it. There was an incredible amount of energy and enthusiasm and response. Some are calling it worship. I”m not yet convinced.

“When the day comes that this community has the same amount of energy, enthusiasm, and responsiveness for the poor, the marginalized, and those far away from God and each other, then I will believe that what I witnessed last night was worship.

“Until then, I think what we saw last night was compartmentalized emotional catharsis, which while it might been enjoyable, was not worship in any sense of the word.”

Looking for God, Nancy Ortberg, page 172



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