Five at Free Flow Friday!

HA-LE-LU-YAH.

That’s Hebrew for: PRAISE JESUS IT’S FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!

Tattoos, Race, and Sunday Night Church.images

Yep. That’s what’s on tap for today’s 5 @ FFF.

My hunch is that you won’t be able to stop until you’ve read through all five.

Enjoy. . .

 

#1. The Church Needs More Tattoos by Russell Moore

The Gospels consistently tell us that the preaching of Jesus drew in those who had hard stories, who had made bad decisions, or faced horrible situations that seemed to have wrecked their lives forever: prostitutes, Roman collaborators, leprous outcasts, the demon-possessed, and on and on. That’s because, he tells us, the Spirit builds the kingdom not with the noble or the powerful but with the lame, the marred, the hopeless (Lk. 14:21-23; 1 Cor. 1:26-29).

If we’re really carrying the gospel to the whole world, this means there are going to be people listening, whose bodies carry messages contrary to the Word of God. So did our hearts and psyches.”

#2. My Wife Has Tattoos: Marriage, New Birth, and the Gospel by Spencer Harmon

Today is the day of my wedding.  And I am not marrying the girl of my dreams.

If you would have told me when I was a teenager that my wife would have seven tattoos, a history in drugs, alcohol, and attending heavy metal concerts, I would have laughed at you, given you one of my courtship books, and told you to take a hike.  My plans were much different, much more nuanced with careful planning, much more clean-cut, and much more, well, about me.

You see, it wasn’t my dream to marry a girl that was complicated.  I never dreamed that I would sit on a couch with my future wife in pre-marital counseling listening to her cry and tell stories of drunken nights, listing the drugs she used, confessing mistakes made in past relationships.

This isn’t my dream – it’s better.”

 

#3. The NBA, Race, and the Church by Eric Geiger

The NBA must not outpace the church of Jesus Christ in creating a culture that deeply values receiving people from every tribe, tongue, and nation. For believers, the issue is theological, not political or sociological. We believe that God created and loves all people and unites us together through His work for us on the cross.”

#4. Whatever Happened to Sunday Evening Services? by Thom Rainer

Here are some other historical tidbits I have found, all unverifiable at this point:

  • The services grew during the agricultural phase of our history. Farmers had to work their land six days a week. But, on Sunday, they would have come to a morning service, then have dinner on the grounds, and then have a second later afternoon services before returning home.
  • During World War II, many men and women worked seven-day weeks to meet the production needs of the war. The Sunday evening service allowed them to attend worship since they couldn’t come on Sunday morning. Thus the service time grew in popularity.
  • Some denominations and other church traditions focused one service on equipping the believers, and another one on reaching the lost. Thus the Sunday evening service became distinctively different than the Sunday morning service.
  • As a reminder, some church traditions have little to no familiarity with Sunday evening services; their leaders often wonder why there is so much discussion about the issue outside their traditions.”

 

#5. Whatever Happened to Sunday Evening Services? by Tim Challies

I grew up with an evening service—or an afternoon service, I guess. I spent a good bit of my childhood in the Dutch Reformed tradition which was wholly committed to a second service. Those Christians were very practical, so they worked around farmers’ schedules by having the second service at 3:30 or 4:00 in the afternoon. Regardless, there were always two services and very nearly every person in the church attended both. The first was dedicated to preaching God’s Word and the second to teaching through the catechisms and confessions. In my life, an evening service was as natural as breathing.”

 

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2 thoughts on “Five at Free Flow Friday!

  1. Rodney Wimberly says:

    “There has been an increasing emphasis on family time. Families with children at home particularly viewed one worship service on Sundays to be sufficient for them.”

    What have we become as a church, how badly has the church failed when “family time” doing activities away from church has become of greater importance than real “family time” at church worshiping God?

  2. Brad says:

    Sunday is the sabbath . U
    I have no problem with evening service.

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