I was talking on the telephone to a longtime friend of mine the other night, and she asked me if I'd heard that one of the local Baptist churches here in the Twin Cities area had recently had a big brouhaha because the pastor had burned incense during one of their services. I knew nothing about it, so she went on to explain that many of the people of the church objected- thinking it wasn't appropriate. Not knowing much about the practice of burning incense in worship (and thinking that it sounded way too "Catholic" for my tastes), I pulled out a concordance to see what the Bible has to say about it. I found numerous instances in the O.T. in which incense was used, but far fewer references to its use in the N.T. In fact, other than in Luke 1:9-11 and Revelation 8:3-4, it's not mentioned in the N.T. (at least in the KJV). On the other hand, frankincense was one of the gifts which the wise men brought to the baby Jesus, and I looked up & rediscovered that it is an aromatic resin burned for its pleasing aroma. So what can anybody tell me? Is the use of incense in worship something that is appropriate today? Or is it something that should be avoided by Christians (perhaps due to some association with mysticism or "new age-ism" today)?