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13 Responses to “Shortcut”

  1. Barnabas says:

    Yes Mike, as Marx commented the church can become just an opiate of the people. Balance is required
    http://www.biblesociety.org.uk/about-bible-society/our-work/lyfe/lyfe-sessions/ or

    http://www.renovare.org/formation/a-balanced-vision
    and appropriate thirst http://castingcrowns.com/music/come-to-the-well

  2. jerry januszewski says:

    Thanks Mike. Helpful analysis.

  3. Dan Hall says:

    Thanks for this one, it offers some good insights and thoughts!

    Yesterday I stood face to face with this, but was also left asking the question of children in worship – how do we develop a culture of worship that will include kids and last a lifetime, without going over their heads or excluding them, OR making them think the whole service is about their amusement and entertainment? The simple answer is preach the Gospel to every age group, and then get out of the way to let the spirit work, but what does that actually look like?

  4. Mike Metzger says:

    Dan:

    I understand the spirit of “get out of the way and let the spirit work” but this sort of thinking excludes the role of human agency. The Spirit of God delights to work in and through us, even though he does not need us. If you conscience is clean, he does not want us to get out of the way but in get in the ways he is working.

    When we do that, we see this is a complex and mysterious faith. It is entertaining in the best sense of the word. The root of the word “entertain” is “to hold” (as in entertaining a thought”). Most worship is simplistic, describing the faith in dichotomies that fail to hold the attention of intelligent people. This sort of thing can be conveyed to younger folks without dumbing it down.

  5. james says:

    Mike great read would love to share this with my 25 year old daughter living in Vail, Colorado with her boy friend and 2 year old daughter and yes love the fact they can now smoke pot legally. How come there is no share link to Face book on here? Thanks so much for your insight.

  6. Mike Metzger says:

    James:

    Good question – plan to rectify that in the near future.

  7. Jeff says:

    Mike, thank you for your thought provoking writing and encouragement every week. Delighted to read it. Have you considered making DoggieHeadTilt an actual facebook page? This would increase exposure and possibly have greater impact. Proud to have you.

  8. Glenn says:

    Thanks Mike. It seems we tend to reduce or notions of worship to what takes place in a church service. I don’t think that is supported in the Scriptures. For example, Romans 12:1-2 calls is to offer our whole lives as a living sacrifice, which is our spiritual act of worship. In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word Avodah means both worship and work, indicating that professional life done in faith is a form of worship. So, biblically, it seems that all of life should be an expression of worship. If we as believers can imitate Jesus in all we do, Sachs and others might see and experience more transcendence even though they are not willing to sit in church. Our narrow view of worship in evangelical circles limits our ability to convey the glory of God to the secular world.

  9. Mike Metzger says:

    Glenn: I agree.
    Jeff: I agree.
    Apparently I am one agreeable chap.

    On a serious note, I’m working with others to join the social media world in a thoughtful way. Stay tuned.

  10. Barnabas says:

    Just pondering,
    How would worship have been exhibited in the Garden of Eden? Does Adam and Eve’s behaviour give us a clue as to boundaries and errors?

  11. Mike Metzger says:

    Barnabas: The Hebrew word for “worship” is also translated “work.” Adam and Eve worked the Garden. That’s one way they exhibited worship. Works the same way today, as most folks go to work every day.

  12. Barnabas says:

    Thanx Mike. Another thought is, Some worship truth and others spirit, whereas Spirit and Truth is the calling.Maybe the alarm bell is the word ‘shortcut’.Shortcutting the cross being a major.Knowing Christ, but not sharing in His suffering, power of His resurrection and death. Creating clones and clowns.

  13. Barnabas says:

    Paul’s innovations in worship while in prison and while being shipwrecked on 4 occasions also spring to mind. Where do pain, sickness and other disconnects fit in worship? Have we forsaken reality and lamentation at a risk?

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