Sunday Stuff

What a busy weekend; mowed the (in places) knee-high "grass", weed-whacked, trimmed back ground-cover plants that were spilling over large areas to become concrete-cover, changed the oil in Homer (the Honda Odyssey), changed the wiper blades on Elmo (the red VW), plus the usual church stuff.

In Sunday School, I burst the bubble of half a dozen 8/9 year olds. Discussing the healing of the crippled beggar in Acts 3, and a worksheet multiple-choice option that he was healed "because he believed in himself enough", I explained how they will be told sometime in their life "If you believe in yourself, you can do anything!", and how that is hogwash. Fortunately, this is not the end of the story; the point of understanding man's fallen condition is not to beat our children (or selves) into submissive low self-esteem, but to teach a proper understanding of ourselves as made in God's image, loved by God, redeemed and restored by God. Indeed, the memory verse assigned to this lesson in the class materials is an excellent foil to the above worldly fallacy:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Actually, I didn't burst any bubbles. They took it really well.

And there was an interesting point made in the sermon about one of my hobby horses, the pusillanimity of Contemporary Christian Music. Citing a New York Times article, which compared CCM with other modern and "emo" (what is that? "emo"tional? lame and whiny like ColdPlay?) music from a secular perspective. Some choice quotes:

Consider the modern-rock and emo bands who dominate contemporary rock radio; they're full of earnest and rather clean-cut young men who often seem more interested in the power of love than the power of lust. So what difference would it make if those plaintive lyrics were about a Him instead of a her?

…MercyMe relies upon a familiar (though often effective) head-fake: the song seems to be about a romantic relationship, but it turns out to be a relationship with God…One of the strangest things about this album is how rarely it mentions Jesus by name [as compared to] the country-pop smash "Jesus Take the Wheel," by the "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood.

The point: if you can sing your "worship" songs to your significant other without heresy, there's probably something wrong. "God is not your girlfriend."


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