Reverence vs. Respect

There has been a recent trend to eliminate kneelers in liturgical churches. Some see the act of kneeling as demeaning. In many Pentecostal churches, the practice of kneeling in prayer has also virtually disappeared, as has the practice of tarrying at an altar, the congregation gathered before God on their knees. “Come, let us bow…

More on Abba

In the last few blogs, I have been arguing that the faultiness of the ‘abba’ narrative in prayer and worship has put us on a slippery slope that fails to reckon with God as ‘utterly other.’ But what does the Bible say? In the New Testament, there are three occurrences of the Arabic abba along…

Respect of God

The Hebrew term yir’ah is rendered fear or terror. It denotes some awesome or terrifying thing and it is used in reference to our perspective of God, promoting respect, reverence and piety. From the Greek term phobos we get phobia, meaning fear and terror. We dread the thing that provokes terror. Phobic reactions are visceral,…