Stop dating the church summary
It’s that so many of the songs remind me of the ditties we sang at camp — when I was ten. The first time we sang the simplistic ditty, I could tolerate it though I thought the infinite God of all creation deserved better. Is endlessly repeating the same chorus a sign of deep meditation or shallow creativity? or worship your musical talents instead of our musical God.Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure the theology in some of those camp songs was more advanced than the ones I’ve heard in some of your services. By the fifth time, I was hearing echoes of Jesus warning about vain repetitions. Ironically, most of the same evangelical churches that practice this repetition in modern worship music would resist using more formal chants from church history designed for that very purpose. I don’t like what I’ve been feeling in your church. Am I the only one to have this problem or have some of you been faking it too?I know you may look at someone you know in mourning and wonder when they’ll that explicitly, even in my own head.It might have come in the form of a growing impatience toward someone in mourning or a gradual dismissing of their sadness over time or maybe in my intentionally avoiding them as the days passed. [See my post Why I Left Your Seeker-Friendly Church.] Instead of feeling the joy of joining with other believers in offering praises to the Almighty, I often feel insulted, bored, and disconnected from 2,000 years of worship history. Lately, it’s been very necessary when the music is playing and we’re supposed to be singing, you know, to God. Maybe all the “seekers” are enjoying it, but I’m finding it hard to sincerely engage in anything resembling worship.Recently, ocarinas have become popular for this, perhaps because of its ancient history, or its simple, yet exotic sound. It certainly doesn't hurt that they are easily portable which justifies their use in a more action-packed adventure.
This may have derived from the premise of there being legitimate power within the words one uses, which is somewhat akin to true name magic in this regard.I know I’m painting with a broad brush here because there have been some really, really (is this helping? Yet without it, the church has little reason for existing.) awesome songs written in the last two decades that deserve a place on the all-time worship songs list. Maybe because they’re Oh, I know, every so often you toss a token “hymn” (meaning written within the last century or so) into the mix. This book is a collection of truth-telling essays, comedic rants, and open letters offered with a twist of humor and sarcasm in the hope of focusing attention on real church issues that are often ignored.Since that day I’ve realized that Grief doesn’t just visit you for a horrible, yet temporary holiday. Yes as time passes, eventually the tidal waves subside for longer periods, but they inevitably come crashing in again without notice, when you are least prepared.With no warning they devastate the landscape of your heart all over again, leaving you bruised and breathless and needing to rebuild once more.
I’m left deciding whether to waive my i Phone and buy the t-shirt or just shut up and go home. You certainly put a lot of work into doing that for me each Sunday.