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Congregational Singing

Churches of Christ get a mention in a recent post on the First Things blog and it is because of our worship. The post quotes another article by Justin Taylor in which Taylor observes the following about worship vs. concerts.

…there’s nothing wrong with concerts! It’s just that Christian worship is not a concert. Christian worship is a collective, communal, congregational practice–and the gathered sound and harmony of a congregation singing as one is integral to the practice of worship. It is a way of “performing” the reality that, in Christ, we are one body. But that requires that we actually be able to hear ourselves, and hear our sisters and brothers singing alongside us.

Check out From Church to Stage: Nurturing a Culture of Congregational Song

How an 82 Year Old Nun Became a Terrorist

This is an important read. I do not agree with trespassing, but the way these three peace activists have been treated is very disturbing. Check out How the US Turned Three Pacifists into Violent Terrorists

Facing a Changing Culture

Here are some good thoughts by Mark Dever on How to Survive a Cultural Crisis He writes,

The whole Christian faith is based on the idea that God takes people who are spiritually dead and gives them new life. Whenever we evangelize, we are evangelizing the cemetery.

There’s never been a time or a culture when it was natural to repent of your sins. That culture doesn’t exist, it hasn’t existed, it never will exist. Christians, churches, and pastors especially must know deep in their bones that we’ve always been about a work that’s supernatural.

Stephen King

Stephen King has a new book out and he has been doing some interviews. In an interview for Parade he talks about why it is important for kids to read. He says, “If you can read in the 21st century, you own the world.” Check out A Rare Interview with Master Storyteller Stephen King

In another interview he did for NPR, King talked about his belief in God. Although he admits to having some doubts he puts forth the following argument for God.

I choose to believe it. … I mean, there’s no downside to that. If you say, ‘Well, OK, I don’t believe in God. There’s no evidence of God,’ then you’re missing the stars in the sky and you’re missing the sunrises and sunsets and you’re missing the fact that bees pollinate all these crops and keep us alive and the way that everything seems to work together. Everything is sort of built in a way that to me suggests intelligent design.

Check out Stephen King On Growing Up, Believing In God And Getting Scared

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