It had been a damn tough 24 hours. Within that time, I had been given a few difficult bits of news and I was emotionally pretty much running on empty. Continue reading
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?
There is some stuff on my mind right now, big things for me. I started talking to God about one of them this morning. Almost immediately a verse from a song and a bible verse came to mind. The verse of the song was from “Thank You” by Jake Hamilton. Continue reading
So, I am sat here, with my damn phone in my hand, and thinking, “I wish I could send a text message to God. Just to, you know, check in. Let him know how things are.”.
If there is one taboo topic, one elephant in the room in the church, it’s the Tithe. High on the list of topics which can evoke strong feelings. As Christ followers there are of course other topics which get our blood pressure up but they come and go with the seasons. Subjects which easily get us vocal might be women priests, homosexuality or moving the church service forward by an hour. All these can spark debate and flush our cheeks. But the Tithe? That might raise our blood pressure a bit, yet on this topic we will remain silent.
I toyed with titling this piece “When Christians get depressed”, but that wouldn’t be honest. I’m not depressed, my wife had me tested. But seriously, amongst Jesus’s followers there are a few elephants in the room, and this is one of them. Christians do actually get low, blue and yes, even depressed. God help us, not even the pastors seem to be exempt from having a bad day or three. Continue reading