Something Different- Your Thoughts Please…

Having completed our study of spiritual practices for now, it’s time for another topic to look at. I have been thinking of doing one on worship, more precisely, corporate worship; the worship assembly, Sunday worship… that sort of thing. Normally, I would put the verses of Scripture together, discuss them and the context in which they fall, and then tell you what I think about it.

But that’s what I always do. This time, I’d like you to tell me what you think.

Doesn’t that sound like a lot more fun?

Let’s set up a hypothetical: I’ll set the stage and then throw out some general thoughts and general questions, and you share your ideas with everyone else, and we’ll have a grand old ‘class discussion’ about worship− how does that sound?

Most people who read this are themselves bloggers, so you’ll see right away that this is a risky business, because the series becomes comment-driven. If there aren’t any comments, or only one or two, then our little experiment in blogging won’t last very long. Thus, if this is going to work, we need lots of comments.

Don’t worry, I have no plans to argue with anybody; I won’t reply telling you that you’re crazy or anything like that. Now I might say “Well sallylou76, that’s a really interesting thought. Did you happen to see what jimmyjohn23 said about that? Any thoughts?”

And of course, that means there must be a couple of rules: 1. Please be courteous and polite if you are responding to anyone else’s comment. 2. No profanity!”

OK, I know I didn’t need to tell any of you that, because my awesome readers never do either one of those things.

I think this could not only be a hoot, but very, very interesting because the readership here is quite diverse. We have Seminary professors, pastors/ministers/clergymen, seekers, housewives, professionals, retired, college students, many Christian backgrounds, and many nationalities and cultures represented, and my hope is that we all might pick up a thing or two we hadn’t thought about before.

And as always, you are free to make up your own mind.

So… are you in, would you like to give this a try and chime in to the conversation???

If so, click the “like” or drop me a comment. If not, don’t click the “like” and/or drop me a comment, but please don’t wait too long, I’ll be writing up the first episode tomorrow morning  when I’ll be writing up the hypothetical…

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About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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19 Responses to Something Different- Your Thoughts Please…

  1. Pete says:

    Sounds like an intriguing way to do it. I’m in and Hope that I get around to reading the blog as I haven’t been reading too many lately. Time has been fleeting and my granddaughters visiting. I hope it turns out as Grand as it could be

  2. Don ~ personally, I like your normal format. I really don’t have the time to participate in a discussion in this format. FYI, my friend Patrick just posted a blog on his take on the difference between praise and worship: https://servinggrace.com/2018/06/12/arent-praise-and-worship-the-same

  3. I don’t know about this. People are very passionate about the way they worship and would become very passionate if people promoted a different way to worship; i.e. people who worship noisily and people who worship quietly.

    • Don Merritt says:

      Yes, and passionate is a delicate way of putting it. That’s the Grand discussion and being from a unity perspective as you and I are, we should be able to handle it without too much difficulty.

  4. Looking forward to this series. Your posts are always edifying to the body and worship is an excellent topic.

  5. DWMartens says:

    Occassional posts of yours have produced a LOT of discussion in the past. Your proposal seems like an invitation to join in similarly. I appreciate many of the comments as much as the posts on which the comments are made; they help me learn how others think, and how others view the world. They help me learn how I might communicate to others what I think and believe in a way they would best understand it.

    Try it. We might like it! 🙂

    • Don Merritt says:

      Since you’ve mentioned it Dennis, yes, I’ve actually done this more than once before, but this time I said so directly, rather than sort of quietly provoking comments. There are certain topics that if you just say ‘here are the facts’ people will refuse to see them in favor of what they are used to thinking. Yet if you engage the person in conversation, dropping in a fact or two here and there, they don’t feel threatened and actually consider evidence more honestly than they might otherwise, and then make a choice as to what they will do with the information. Worship is one of those subjects. 😊

  6. paulfg says:

    Reblogged this on Church Set Free and commented:
    “Let’s set up a hypothetical: I’ll set the stage and then throw out some general thoughts and general questions, and you share your ideas with everyone else, and we’ll have a grand old ‘class discussion’ about worship− how does that sound? …

    I think this could not only be a hoot, but very, very interesting because the readership here is quite diverse. We have Seminary professors, pastors/ministers/clergymen, seekers, housewives, professionals, retired, college students, many Christian backgrounds, and many nationalities and cultures represented, and my hope is that we all might pick up a thing or two we hadn’t thought about before.”

    Don Merritt is doing discussion on a corporate worship scale. Sounds just the things for “church Set free” readers! 

    An invitation –

    “So… are you in, would you like to give this a try and chime in to the conversation??? If so, click the “like” or drop me a comment.”

    If you are interested then head over to Don’s place and let him know.

    Thank you –

    Paul

    (as always – comments closed here, thank you)

  7. I love to hear what other people think and why they think a certain way. I don’t have to agree but gives me a moment to pause and reflect. I would participate as often as I can and look forward to it.

  8. Sounds like a interesting idea, and Yes I look forward to contributing in this experiment

  9. Wally Fry says:

    I promise to read at least. See? I am already behind

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