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Searching for a Church PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Monday, 25 April 2011 11:13

Yesterday, Easter Sunday, we worshiped at an Episcopal Cathedral.  The Service was like a dress rehearsal for the up-coming Royal Wedding at Westminster Abbey in London.  The Rituals and Liturgy were done right and with 'elan and  reverential pomp and color.  The 35 voice choir and accompanying professional 5 instrument Brass Ensemble with timpani, as well as the magnificent pipe organ was outstanding- all well directed by a renowned Maestro.

We sang many Traditional Hymns celebrating the Lord's Resurrection and stood to enjoy the Hallelujah Chorus from G.F. Handel's Messiah. The Offertory Anthem was also by Handel and the Sanctus sung during the Communion Service was from Requiem in D by Mozart.  All of this was wonderful.  But-

There were probably 300 in the congregation which reflected its inner City location, well to do and very poor with a good mix of Brown, Black and White ethnicities.  This was impressive.  Actually, the number of people, including a lot of children who grew very restless, made for a less than worshipful experience, especially during Holy Communion. There was just too much commotion going on.

And the Sermon was a major disappointment.  It was very well crafted, articulate and well-delivered- a highly polished puff piece.  The popular Preacher missed his great opportunity to preach the Word, to proclaim the Gospel.  Great music is not a substitute for the Gospel preaching.  A Brass Ensemble can not cover up a clanging cymbal.  Ceremonial Pomp does not make up for Pulpit Platitudes.  Tis a pity!

My search for a Liturgical Church, Eucharistic Worship with Great Biblical Preaching goes on.

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How to be an effective communicator PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Monday, 21 February 2011 08:32

James White offers very good advice to all of us who would effectively communicate the Gospel.  These principles are practical guidelines for all speakers.

http://www.churchandculture.org/blog.asp?id=804

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Are all Christians to be Evangelists? PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 February 2011 10:49

 

I hear Preachers occasionally lament that Christians are not getting out into the world enough.  They need to leave the confines of the church, they say, and get involved with evangelism and missions outside, beyond the church. This sounds good.  But it also is confusing and misleading.

Defining the Church as the People of God, there is only one Church and it is either gathered or scattered.  The local church is gathered in a space (probably some church building) somewhere for only a few hours at most each week and then all of us are scattered out in the world the rest of the time.  We do not need to be exhorted to go into the world.  We do that! The question is what does the Church do out  in the world?

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Wise New Year's Resolutions for Pastors (and the rest of us) PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 January 2011 08:29

As often, Pastor James White has good advice (wisdom) in his weekly Blog, to pass on to Pastors and other Christian Leaders. Here are 15 very good resolutions for those who are in such Ministry-

http://www.churchandculture.org/

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Seeing through Dark Glasses PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 December 2010 12:24

Reading the arguments for women's ordination, I wonder if it occurs to those who make them that the same arguments lead to acceptance of Gay Marriage.  Reading the arguments for the autonomy of Dioceses in TEC, I wonder if it occurs to those who make them that the same arguments support the autonomy of local churches, 

I have just posted an argument on this website in favor of Infant Baptism.  I know Believers in Christ, in ages past, have been executed for rejecting Infant Baptism and insisting that Believer Baptism is the only true Baptism.

A Pastor I admire for many things (James White) is a strong proponent for regional mega churches.  His own has the goal of 20,000 members by the year 2020; yet I believe that a local community church of no more than 300 is far more Scriptural.

Truly, we see through a glass darkly, but we must walk according to the Light we have and trust the Judge of all the earth to do the right thing by all of us.  A lot of grace among us always helps, too.

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