The website for the next Sovereign Grace worship conference is now up and running. It’s called WorshipGod08: Rediscovering the Psalms. Although registration doesn’t start until January 14, you can check out the speakers, seminars, and schedule. Also, on the WorshipGod08 blog I explain why we’re even doing this conference. I begin:
Twenty years ago worship conferences were rarely heard of. That’s no longer the case. We’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of conferences put on by churches, ministries, and music companies, devoted exclusively to the topic of worship.
As I’ve attended and participated in different events over the years, it’s made me think hard about why we’re putting on a worship conference. I mean, does the church really need one more worship conference? Should we put all the hours, energy, and prayer into hosting WorshipGod08 when there are so many other worship conferences to attend? Obviously, my answer is yes. So I thought I’d share a few of the reasons we’re sponsoring this conference.
I go on to list five reasons behind our sponsoring WorshipGod08.
You might wonder why we’re using the name “WorshipGod08.” Hopefully, the 08 is self-explanatory. A few years ago, D.A. Carson pointed out that worship is a transitive verb that requires an object. In other words, we don’t know what or who we’re worshiping unless we specify it. To help us remember that this conference is not so much about the act of worshiping as the One we’re worshiping, I decided to put the two words together — WorshipGod. I’m sure that over time even that word can be used mindlessly, but for now it serves the purpose of reminding me who the initiator, sustainer, and object of our worship is.
Hope you had a Christ-exalting Christmas.