What are we supposed to do at church? Why? What do our Sunday services achieve? Are they just a pick-me-up, a weekly meeting for mutual encouragement? Who is the music for? And what about the Lord’s Supper: is it simply a weekly (or monthly? or quarterly) spiritual boost?
What exactly did Jesus have in mind when he said of his church, "The gates of hell shall not prevail against it"?
A conference at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Bolton, Lancashire, on The Purpose of Christian Worship, jointly sponsored by Trinity Presbyterian Church in Bolton, Lancashire and the Theopolis Institute.
(We apologise for the poor sound quality of these recordings.)
The Revd Dr Peter Leithart is President of the Theopolis Institute; adjunct Senior Fellow of Theology at New St Andrews College, Moscow, Idaho; and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America.
He is the author of over 20 books, including Traces of the Trinity (Brazos Press); Deep Exegesis (Baylor University Press); Against Christianity (Canon Press); Defending Constantine (IVP); and a commentary on 1 and 2 Kings (Brazos Press). He has authored numerous articles in popular periodicals and scholarly journals, and he writes regularly for First Things.
Peter and his wife Noel have ten children and seven grandchildren.