You Are How You Worship
“What do you want?” “Who do you love?” These questions are more central than a question like “What do you know?” What we most want and desire creates our identity and reverberates from the deepest parts of who we are. Christian worship should captivate these longings in fully embodied ways. Perhaps no thinker has shaped Pastor Bart’s orientation around Christian worship more so than Dr. James K.A. Smith, Professor of Philosophy at Calvin University, and the author of several wonderful books including You Are What You Love, How (Not) To Be Secular, and On The Road With St. Augustine.
Join Jamie on ZOOM for a talk entitled, “You Are How You Worship,” followed by a conversation with him facilitated by Pastor Bart.
A teaser from Dr. Smith’s book, You Are What You Love:
“Christian worship, we should recognize, is essentially a counter-formation to those rival liturgies we are often immersed in, cultural practices that covertly capture our loves and longings, miscalibrating them, orienting us to rival versions of the good life. This is why worship is the heart of discipleship. We can’t counter the power of cultural liturgies with didactic information poured into our intellects. We can’t recalibrate the heart from the top-down, through merely informational measures. The orientation of the heart happens from the bottom up, through the formation of our habits of desire. Learning to love God takes practice.”