About

The RLI promotes worship which is biblical, God-Centered, historically informed, and which strives for serious and vigorous participation from the people of God. We believe that the pattern of covenant renewal displays the biblical actions of worship.

The Reformed Liturgical Institute aims to –

· Strengthen local churches and help churchmen to mature in their understanding of Reformed liturgical principles.

· Make Reformed liturgical resources available through a web-site.

· Encourage the use of the Christian Year or church calendar as an aspect of the dominion of Christ over time.

· Promote and host conferences related to worship.

– Raise aesthetic standards of worship, especially in music.

The Institute aims to make a wide array of information available to pastors and students of liturgy. It does not intend to stamp an official imprimatur on these materials.

Director

Gregory Soderberg has taught Theology, Literature, and Greek at Cary Christian School and is also a communications volunteer for Impact of Hope International.   He is studying for a Ph.D. in historical theology at Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam.  He holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Culture from New St. Andrews College.  After studying at Reformed Theological Seminary, he earned a M.A. in Church History from the University of Pretoria.  He also studied liturgical theology at Trinity Theological College.  He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the American Society of Church History.  His personal blog is Studium et Liturgica.  He is married to a wise and godly woman, with four rambunctious children.  They are the main reason he doesn’t blog more.

5 thoughts on “About

  1. The question is basically one of “Who will define our calendar?” Should the government and secular holidays be prominent, or should we focus more on the Life of Christ and of heroes of the faith? Is Mother’s Day or Pentecost more important? Is Presidents’ Day or All Saints’ Day more important? As Reformed Catholics, or Protesting Catholics, we believe we should celebrate, at the least, the Evangelical Feast Days, which commemorate major events in the life of Jesus Christ–Christmas, Christ’s Baptism (Epiphany), Easter, Ascension Day, & Pentecost. The early Reformers celebrated these days. It’s an obvious way to remind ourselves that Christ is the ruler of history. In our family, we make a big deal about these feast days, and our kids are growing up looking foward to Pentecost presents, as well as Christmas presents! Of course, we need to work through a lot of issues of how the traditional church year developed, and we don’t want to simply adopt the Roman Catholic (or Orthodox) calendar completely. Still, I think it helps us to change the way we think about time and history, and to focus more on Christ’s Lordship, manifested in time and history.

  2. If we want to encourage the “dominion of Christ over time” how about re-instituting God’s Holy Days (holidays) which, btw, includes Pentecost?

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