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Jeremy Kwok

Jeremy grew up in Sydney before moving to the United States for tertiary studies. Jeremy completed the BA, MA (History), and M.Div degrees before returning to Australia with his wife Debbie. He currently works for Christian Education Ministries, a company that owns and operates private schools.


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    Jason Harris

    Sorry Jeremy. Something was wrong with the post slug which I’ve now sorted so that explains why no one could comment up to now.

    Good question. I would think at the very least there are practical elements of acoustics for preaching and singing.

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    “…does church architecture enhance worship?”

    It depends on the worshipper.

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    As long as the architecture points to the Great Architect. Stained glassed windows that tell stories can be helpful reminders. Lofty ceilings don’t do it for me. However sometimes the acoustics they create when singing can invoke a higher reflection on the words of a song.

    Personally, the architecture of creation (worshipping outdoors) enhances my prayer and meditation.

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    As a lifelong baptist, excessive architectural emphasis in a church is distracting, since I am used to worshipping in simple surroundings. I guess if I were an Anglican, the opposite would be true, a lifelong Anglican would probably be distracted by the lack of architectural style in churches I am used to.

    On the other hand, it is good to be flexible enough to worship in diverse environments, from a school hall, to a simple church, to an outdoor setting in a village somewhere.

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    Good point Steve. As long as we are focused on worshipping God and not ‘where’ we are worshipping.

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    David Williams

    I have spent most of my life in simply church buildings such as community halls or small buildings. It really doesn’t affect things for me. I think if things are too fancy and elaborate then they can become the focus instead of God and the preaching. I also wouldn’t feel comfortable worshipping at a church that has spent millions on a building while there are so many people who have never heard the gospel or who are starving that could be reached with that money instead.


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