ometimes the force of a quotation is delivered as much by who made it as what it was they said. Here is a good example.
“With music one can seduce men to every error—and every truth.”
My lands, if an atheist understands the power of music, how is it that the church does not?
So, pastor and/or song leader:
- What is your philosophy of the role of music in your church service?
- Is the preaching of the word of God central to your service, or is the music the main attraction?
- Do you coordinate the music in your service to compliment the preaching of God’s word?
- Do the words you sing build the body of Christ up in the same way as the preached word (Colossians 3:16), or is it just for entertainment value?
- To what are you seducing your congregation: truth or error?
listened to Steve Brown’s podcast earlier today, where he was interviewing Daniel Radosh about his new book Rapture Ready! Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture. The book is basically a humorous look at evangelical Christians from an outsider’s vantage point.
I’m not sure if the book would be a good read or not. I’m sure it wouldn’t be humorous to Christians grieved over all of the evangelical nonsense, but one thing in the interview caught my attention. While discussing the variety of silliness in an industry grossing 7 billion dollars annually, Mr Radosh included the purchase of Bibles. I was amazed to discover that non-evangelicals average four Bibles per household, while evangelical Christians average 10.
Americans may be buying 25 million Bibles each year, but you sure can’t tell it by their theological literacy.
After Steve Brown I listened to Dr. Mohler’s radio show from Wednesday, in which the first caller asked for study-Bible recommendations. Dr. Mohler responded with six suggestions: The McArthur Study Bible, Reformation Study Bible, Apologetic Study Bible, Ryken’s Literary Study Bible, an Archaeological Study Bible, and an upcoming ESV Study Bible.