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.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Opus 2022-219: Off the Dime

I went to Sunday School last Sunday.

Big deal, you say.  It is.  I can’t count the years since I attended a Sunday School class.  I am not going because I think I am going to be amazed at the learning.  To be honest, I have heard more than I put into action.  I have also taught it.  The reason I am going is to force myself to get out of my shell and get to know the people of the church.  I don’t look at it as socializing as much as building the body of Christ by getting involved.  I have been telling myself I would do it.  Now I have.

On the desk in front of me, at eye level, written in clear English is little card that says, “Do it now.”  It is there to combat my procrastination.  Sometimes it works.  What also got me moving was a re-reading of the Screwtape Letters.  In it I found Screwtape’s advice to Wormwood on how to deaden the spirit of revival in the new convert,

“The great thing is to prevent his doing anything.  as long as he does not convert it into action, it does not matter how much he thinks about this new repentance....  Let him do anything but act  No amount of piety in his imagination and affections will harm us if we can keep it out of his will.”  p 66
I do not confuse C.S. Lewis with the Apostle Paul but that does not mean that he can’t say things that need to be said.

So I got active.  Now to make it through all the excuses I will have for next week.

Lewis, C.S.  The Screwtape Letters.  Norwalk, Connecticut:  The Easton Press, 2002.

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