Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Opus 2011-24, Something Old, Something New

As I am reading Idols for Destruction I have a thought that has come to me before.  I think that there are some books that have so much important content that I wonder why we keep moving on to new books of lesser value.  Some books should be read again and again because the content is so important and we forget it.  Obviously that is true of the Bible, but what other books have I found that would be in that category?

    Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
    A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell
    Idols for Destruction by Herbert Schlossberg

Of course these are choices I came up with because they speak to me.  This is a partial list.  I have several feet of shelf with books waiting.  You might have others that it would do me good to read.

But the personality of our times is to keep moving on for the new thrill.  We see this in celebrities.  Who is hot today is not tomorrow.  Think of songs that we hummed over and over as teenagers.  If you are a teenager, then the one from last month.  How boring they are today.  Think of the song you sang last month in contemporary worship.  How boring.  We tend to think there is something wrong with us if we are attracted to books or songs of timeless quality. 


Much of it is lack of maturity.  We want thrills instead of solidity.  We want cake instead of vegetables.  We want to consume instead of produce.  We want to play instead of work.  We expect that of children, but what happens when a large segment of society goes along?

You can’t change the world.  You can change you.  Check your bookshelves.  Go to the library.  Stop at a book store.  Read something that might make a difference.

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Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.