I was watching an NFL playoff game earlier this year, and the room became so exuberantly loud that my friend checked the decibel level on his phone to see if our eardrums were in danger. Football fans instinctively raise their hands like goalposts when their team reaches the endzone. Soccer fans don’t think twice about screaming “GOAL!” Physical expressiveness is a natural way to celebrate what we love.
I’ve also attended many funerals this year. When we’re sorrowful, our bodies slump, our heads hang, and we may hide our faces and tears. Again, our emotions and bodily expressions are intrinsically intertwined.
But what about at church? Does what we do with our bodies matter when gathering with other believers to worship?
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