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.

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Opus 2024-061: Effect and Cause

I heard a noise at the back door.  My wife had left to fulfill responsibilities at church and I wondered who was coming in.  It was her.  She had forgotten her Bible.  Last week when I was called on, at the last minute, to lead the Wednesday night service, I took my visiting friend along.  When we got there he confessed that he had not brought his Bible.  That is a terrible failure for a King James Only man.  

In reality it is not a surprise.  One reason that many people do not bring a Bible to church is because they don’t find that they need it.  Sometimes that is because they are spoon fed by a Power Point presentation that shows them all the pastor wants them to know in the translation that fits his sermon.  Another reason is that often the preacher says nothing that has to do with the text being used.  I know that I sometimes close my Bible half -way through the sermon because it is obvious that I won’t need it.  

It is a sad statement about the Christian church.  It is sad that pastors work that way.  It is a shame that the laymen put up with it.  There may be no avenue to address it.  If that is the case then bring your Bible.  Open it to the text given or some other useful passage.  Spend the time reading and meditating.  It is likely that listening will do you no good.

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