Music plays a big role in the church service. Familiar hymns and songs can help us connect to God. Soft background music welcomes us in the building, or covers the throat clearing during communion, but I wonder what we see when we look at the musicians?
The Bishop of Sheffield, Steven Croft, has lashed out (or as much as English Bishops do lash out) in response to cinemas banning a simple video of people reciting the Lord’s prayer. The ban was put in place so that audiences “would not be offended” by the prayer when shown before Star Wars, or something. Continue reading
Let’s see what happens here. Some argue that persecution actually helps Christianity flourish. Continue reading
This post has been really difficult to publish. Terrible things have happened and I don’t want to jump on some media bandwagon and take advantage of someone’s grief, but I would like to highlight some profound things which have taken place.
At about 9pm on June 17th 2015, Cynthia Hurd, 54; Susie Jackson, 87; Ethel Lance, 70; Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49; Hon. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74; Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45 and Myra Thompson, 59 were killed after Dylann Roof opened fire during a bible study at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.. Roof was taken into custody following an eighteen hour manhunt.
One thing the modern church in the west seems to struggle with is “The Great Commission”, which appears in the bible at the end of Matthew 28. Well, not so much the idea of it, but the doing of it. Many Christians don’t realise that they need to do it. Others know that they should be trying to reach out, make disciples, they don’t simply know how. They are at loss for how to start the ball rolling, or too nervous to start. For those who do get the ball rolling, there will be some who do a fantastic job and others who rely on cliché, jargon or false assumptions. Continue reading