I have said it before: Whether we know it or even like it or not, every church and every service of worship is liturgical. Every church and every service of worship follows a prescribed liturgy. The liturgy may be bad or it may be good. Either way, it is there. James K.A. Smith, professor of philosophy and congregational and ministry studies at Calvin College takes my statements a step further in his Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation. He extends liturgy to everyone, everywhere. In fact, there are cultural liturgies and religious liturgies. And the reason for this is because, in Smith’s words, we are homo liturgicus, liturgical animals.
We are what we love, and our love is shaped, primed, and aimed by liturgical practices that take hold of our gut and aim our heart to certain … Read More »