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, July 30, 2013

Opus 2013-250: Get Serious

We sometimes think that the saints of the past had no sense of humor.  We think of them as dried up old prunes.  John Wesley would perpetuate that stereotype because he comes down hard on frivolous, jocular worship.  In his writing though he sometimes can’t restrain himself from making observations that surprise me in their humorous candor. 

Here he is reflecting on a sick lady that he had been visiting and ministering to.
“I had much satisfaction in conversing with one that was very ill and very serious.  But in a few days she recovered from her sickness and from her seriousness together.”  (page 19)
Haven’t we all seen this.  When people face hardship they are very serious and open to spiritual things.  Somehow their interest wains when the problem departs.  Even pain only teaches temporary lessons to some people.

Some things never change.

Wesley, John.  The Works of John Wesley, Volume I, Third Edition.  Kansas City:  Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1979.

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