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Musings and ramblings regarding daily life, news and things that come my way.

Atheist Minister Facing “Review” by United Church of Canada

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The headline reads, “United Church of Canada to Investigate ‘Effectiveness’ of Minister Who Professes Atheism”1. Say what? Is this a hoax? Sounds like something one of those satirical news sites write about. Most unfortuantely, this is not a hoax.

I truly wish it was. This headline and the story surrounding it has to be the most idiotic thing I’ve read in a long time.

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The Way The World Works

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The Way the World Works - A Guest Commentary by Tim Challies.

The world only works when life is held as precious. Each of us wants to live more than we want to die. We are overwhelmed by the longing to not die, and consumed with the desire to go on living.

A thousand times a day we make subconscious choices that preserve our lives. We brake when we come to a stop sign. We replace the battery in the smoke detector. We hold on to the handrail. We fasten the safety belt. We double-check the dosage. We do it all so we can continue to live. We do it all to diminish the likelihood of our own demise.

And it is not just our own life that we regard as precious, but all life. Just as we make decisions to protect our own lives, we make decisions to protect others’. We tighten our children’s seatbelts. We put the knives up high. We pay the salaries of police officers. We stop and help when we spot even a stranger in distress.

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The Heresy of Worshiptainment

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by Mike Livingstone

The great heresy of the church today is that we think we’re in the entertainment business. A.W. Tozer believed this to be true back in the 1950s and 60s. Church members “want to be entertained while they are edified.” He said that in 1962. Tozer grieved, even then, that it was “scarcely possible in most places to get anyone to attend a meeting where the only attraction was God.”*

More recently, David Platt has asked: “What if we take away the cool music and the cushioned chairs? What if the screens are gone and the stage is no longer decorated? What if the air conditioning is off and the comforts are removed? Would His Word still be enough for his people to come together?” (Radical)

Would it be enough?

Tozer got it right: “Heresy of method may be as deadly as heresy of message.”

HALLOWEDNESS, NOT SHALLOWNESS

Like Tozer, we should be concerned that so many in our churches want to be entertained while they worship—worshiptainment is the expectation. We should be concerned when we don’t recognize the difference between the two. We should be concerned by the growing belief that adding more entertainment value to worship is necessary for the church to accomplish its mission.

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