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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Things That Shouldn't Need to Be Said in Church

By Ken Horn
Dec. 26, 2010

As we look toward a new year, we generally think about resolutions — things we should do or things we should stop doing. In that spirit, I offer you the first installment of my list of statements that are often said in church, but shouldn’t really need to be said.

“C’mon, you can do better than that.” This is generally said when the worship leader feels the congregation is not praising the Lord or shouting “amen” enthusiastically enough. It’s an attempt to stir something up that just doesn’t seem to be there.

Not all worship need be loud and vocal. But Christians should never have to be coaxed into praise. It should be in the fiber of our being. I have been in two countries where Christians are so in touch with God that times of corporate prayer or praise must be stopped by the clanging of a bell on the platform.

In his book The Purpose of Man, A.W. Tozer said: “If you do not worship God on Saturday [or other days], then your worship on Sunday is not authentic.” I wonder if that’s one reason why some Christians have difficulty getting into praise in a church service. It’s not part of our regular lives.

“If you have your Bibles ... ” This cautious statement has replaced the once more common “Turn in your Bibles ... ” It can no longer be assumed that Christians have their Bibles with them.

They should. Despite the prevalence of including the words on the big screen, people need to have a Bible in their hands. They need to learn how to look up Scriptures and read the context. They need to underline verses and make notes in the margin that will help them later. I have two well-worn Bibles full of markings that I can’t bear to part with. Take your Bible to church. Don’t rely on the screen. (And, yes, a digital Bible is better than none at all.)

More to come in a future Vantage Point.

Ken Horn

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