Field Notes – 28/10/S
“Should the church become a concert, a debating society, a series of endless trailer announcements for the ‘real’ meetings which are going to take place during the week, or when it has B-list celeb interviews, or the performance of witty personalities with jolly handovers between worship leaders and preachers then it becomes more difficult to carefully explain all that Jesus said, and apply the consequences of his serious words to all the congregation.
We expect serious places to be serious, and so, just occasionally, a little dull.
If that dimension of awe is extracted then a church has lost its point and the great commission cannot be effectively fulfilled.”
“Ultimately human leadership that God appoints, to govern and shepherd his church, is for our good, stability, health, and protection. At its best, it’s a crucial thing for our flourishing as individuals and for the flourishing of our churches.” (Brett McCracken)
Being discriminating about worship songs:
- Are they theologically good or poor?
- Are they affectionally helpful or dry?
- Are they lyrically good or trite or twee?
- Are they musically good or pedestrian?
- Are they easily understandable & accessible?
- Are they singable by a congregation?