Welcome to my second edition of Weekend Compilations. You can find the first edition here. I have collected my favorite blogs from each day this past week to share with you.

Sunday: Chaplain Mike over at Internet Monk talks about how “Worship is not Sex.” He writes, “Just to be clear, I think worship should engage the whole person: body, mind, and emotions. But I also think that means something different than saying we come together as a congregation to “have a worship experience.” Yet this is the phrase I hear all the time from worshipers and those who lead them. It makes me wonder what is actually different from this experience and the concert experience, the drug experience, the “bucket-list” experience, the bedroom experience. Each has its own variation of ecstasy, I suppose, but in the final analysis the “high” is what it’s all about.”

Monday: Matthew Lee Anderson over at Mere Orthodoxy offers “How to Reduce Abortions: an Idiosyncratic Suggestion.” He writes, “The posture of welcome to infants and children begins at the center of the universe, in the person of Jesus. We ought not want a more professional and more distraction-free worship experience than he does, and if we look at the Gospels he seems quite interested in allowing the little children to mess up his plans. If our worship on Sunday is a microcosm for the rest of our lives, then it seems deeply inconsistent to separate ourselves from children while singing only to claim that we want them every other moment.”

Tuesday: Jen J over at Deeper Family talks about how “Going to Church Alone Sucks.” She writes, “On this given Sunday, my church buddy was out of town. Yes, I’m a secure and confident woman, but I still coordinate with a friend each week before entering that sacred place because GOING TO CHURCH ALONE SUCKS.”

Wednesday: Chaplain Mike over at Internet Monk published a lenghty quotes from C.S. Lewis. He writes, “Novelty, simply as such, can have only an entertainment value.And they don’t go to church to be entertained. They go to use the service, or, if you prefer, to enact it. Every service is a structure of acts and words through which we receive a sacrament, or repent, or supplicate, or adore. And it enables us to do these things best — if you like, it ‘works’ best — when, through long familiarity, we don’t have to think about it.”

Thursday: Dan Evans over at Rachel Held Evans’ blog published a surprise post about “3 Reasons Rachel Rocks.” He writes, “Watching how her critics have responded to Rachel over the last few months has been a revealing experience for me. I’m now convinced that all it takes to be “controversial” or “divisive” in our shared evangelical sub-culture is to relay slightly uncomfortable facts to a moderately sized audience while simultaneously possessing a vagina.”

Friday: Tony Jones over at Theoblogy answers a question about the existence of demons. He writes, “But nevertheless, the Gospel writers unflinchingly record details of demonic activity and of Jesus’ control over those demons. My response to this is that Jesus was dealing in the idioms of his day, using the understandings of his contemporaries. This is not surprising, if you ask me. But a lot of Christians read these sections of the Bible and take demon possession to be normative, even though Jesus did not teach about it. Not me.”

Saturday: Chaplain Mike over at Internet Monk put up an old post from Michael Spencer about “Learning from the Psalms.” He writes, “What about style? Do the Psalms help us settle the issue of what kind of music is appropriate for worship? Fortunately, God is wiser than to lead any one culture to assume that its particular norms and preferences should speak for the church in every time and place. I heard a very good brother make the case that certain hymn tunes conveyed the majesty of God better than others, and not being a relativist, I believe him. The tune of “Holy, Holy, Holy” and the tune of “Jingle Bells” are not interchangeable.”

And, on my blog this week, I wrote on Tuesday about being thankful for fire. I write, “There is something about fire, isn’t there? Something about the flickering warmth dancing and swaying among the ineffable shadows, awakening hazy memories of a time before—or a time to come—when humanity wandered the earth. Before (or after) the great domestication.”