a Biblical thought...
There's far more to this life than trusting in Christ. There's also suffering for him. And the suffering is as much a gift as the trusting. (Phil 1:30)
a Book thought...
Most generational conflict shows up in the worship service. The areas of contention are: pace of the service, brightness of the lighting, loudness of sound, length of service, formality of service, feel of the service, participation in the service, type of music, and quality. (p204 McIntosh)
a Dave thought...
Yesterday I ended up dropping into the shopping centre to pick up a few items with my son. As it was Sunday it was a bit odd for me, not that I am opposed to shopping on a Sunday but generally with church commitments and looking after the children it is not a normal occurrence. I was amazed how busy the shops are and acknowledge the fact that Sunday trading is no longer an optional extra but an essential to survive in the retail world.
As many of us have grown up trained to 'keep the sabbath holy' it ended up as a teenager to me being a boring day of the week that I had to stay at home. I am now working out what I teach my son, and how we still make Sunday special when we can rather than a day when we make bans. But what I think we need to explore more is how someone can be a part of a church when they work on Sunday, because even though culture and working life has changed dramatically in the last 10 years we still have 90% of our services on Sunday morning. It seems it takes the church a long time to adjust to societal trends, or maybe it is all set up to suit the people who already go.
Just a thought.
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