Archives for September 9, 2011

And now a curmudgeonly comment on church sign “ministry”

A good friend who is on staff of a church recently uttered a phrase I had never heard before--"sign ministry."  At first I thought he was referring to "signing" for hearing impaired members of the congregation.  But he was referring to using the church sign/marquee to send messages to the community.For some reason I pay far too much attention to the cute little sayings on church signs.  I wish I could avoid that and somehow just ignore them.  MOST of them (with some exceptions, of course) ree … [Read more...]

Should Christians sing hymns/songs they don’t agree with?

Recently I was in a worship service where we were asked to sing the hymn "Be Still My Soul."  Here are the troubling lyrics:"Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side. Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain. Leave to thy God to order and provide; In every change, He faithful will remain. Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake To guide the future, as He has the past. Thy hope, thy … [Read more...]