Tag Archives: worship

Technology Bound?

Right now I am working from my home.  Unusual for me, especially on a Monday.  I did go into the office today for a couple of hours, but left.  The IT guy for ANM, Stan, is installing a new network server.  This is quite a job in itself, but when you have to link 65 individual computers together, and have them interface properly with the network, it is a monumental chore.  Kudos to Stan for all his hard work.  Anyway, what this means for me is that my computer was not quite up to par today.  I couldn’t access many files that I need, since they are stored on the network.  So work just got more and more frustrating.  So I came home, figuring I could get more work done here.

While driving home, the current situation at the office made me think of how dependent we have become on technology.  And what can happen without it.  Think about it.  Networks go down.  You lose internet access.  The power goes out.  Result?  Work stops.  We are largely technology bound in America today. Continue reading

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Of Ladybugs and Things…

I first wrote this many years back while I was on staff at a church in Pennsylvania.  Yet, though it is somewhat dated, I thought you might enjoy it anyway.

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Today I have ladybugs on my mind. I guess it’s because we are somewhat overcome with a flood of them lately. They are everywhere. My house has bunches, especially in the bathroom. They are even at church! (We have very devout insects in PA!)

This past Sunday morning I rushed from my Sunday School class, made a hurried stop at my office, and hastened to the sanctuary, where the worship was already in progress. Sue and I always sit on the front row, so I went as quickly and unobtrusively as I could down the side aisle to my seat. The music filled the sanctuary, and everyone was dutifully engaged in reverent praise. Immediately upon reaching my seat, I began to sing, and then… in just a moment’s time I felt that delicious and yet frightening sense of God’s awesome and glorious presence. I lifted my hands in devout and delighted worship, raised my eyes heavenward in adoration, and there… there before my joyful, tear-filled eyes was a wondrous sight. Angels? Sunbeams of divine luminescence? The Shekinah Glory of God? Saintly beatific visions? Continue reading

Idols, Demons and Believers

Question: “When a people who have for generations worshiped the spirits become Christians they often adapt their local spirit worship practices into Christian rituals. How does one teach or help them break off these practices?” [Note: This comes from a native missionary in Southeast Asia.]

My Answer: Dear brother, thanks for the question. I understand that this is both a serious and a delicate matter. It is difficult for people to renounce what is basic to their culture. At ANM we have the utmost respect for individual cultural distinctives. We always try to accommodate our attitudes and practices to honor the various cultures we deal with. However, biblical values and Scriptural truth always takes precedence over culture. There is no culture that is more important than a Word-based “Christian culture.” Continue reading

Of Ladybugs and Things

This is a little piece from a number of years back… but I thought you might enjoy it.

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Today I have ladybugs on my mind. I guess it’s because we are somewhat overcome with a flood of them lately. They are everywhere. My house has bunches, especially in the bathroom. They are even at church! (We have very devout insects in PA!) Continue reading