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Something’s Missing Here

August 12, 2008

This past Sunday, I was flipping through the channels (yeah, all three of them) and stumbled across a televised church service.  It was from our old church — the one where I got saved in 2000, and the one we left in 2005.

We left the church for a variety of reasons, but chief among them was that we no longer felt as though we were being spiritually fed there.  The church was moving in the direction of many contemporary churches, with much attention given to being contemporary and fun… but little attention given to actual Biblical teaching.

It was good to see our former pastor again, even if it wasn’t in person, so I decided to watch the program.  I missed the first few minutes, so I didn’t catch the title of the sermon — although I’m certain it was hip and/or clever.  The topic appeared to be financially related, as he held up a copy of Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover and gave statistics on car depreciation rates, among other things.  It was very good advice, and well-delivered.  Naturally, finances are on a lot of people’s minds these days.

But the man who taught me how to love the Word of God only read a single Scripture verse in the whole time I was watching him (about 20-25 minutes).   Moreover, he did not read from the Bible, but from the church bulletin, which had useful quotes on the topic.  The only time God was mentioned was when he said, “God cares about this stuff.”

There are too many churches these days who are dispensing all sorts of worldly advice while setting the Gospel on a back burner.  Or, maybe even worse, watering it down and re-packaging it.  The Word of God does not require gimmicks, softening, or flashy presentations.  It crosses cultural barriers and withstands the test of time.  It delivers conviction, inspiration, revelation, and wisdom.  Thousands of years old, the Bible is just as relevant today as it was when it was written.

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