Where did Sunday go? For that matter, where did the weekend go!? I need another weekend toute suite!
I kinda visited a church on Sunday. Virtually
. That means I watched the livestream.
It's been approximately a decade since I last attended any kind of church service. I'd really like to find a place that reads the Bible closely and discusses it, and I'm starting to think church is not the place for that. I get that people, especially people of the cloth, want the bible to be relevant to today's realities, however, I don't think mixing in some kind of diluted self-serving pop psychology is the way to go about it. A lot of yesterday's sermon focused on "me" or "I." You can overcome fear, Jesus is with you
. I'm not saying these points are wrong but where's the attention on, oh I don't know, God
and the historical context
of the passage and what the situation meant, or might have meant, to Jesus's followers when he walked on water. And why the dramatization? Why that sermon-y voice that swells and subsides to slow quiet talk. We, the "audience," are not five-year olds and you're not reading us a bedtime story. Just talk normally, please. So, in general, I found most, maybe all, of the service to be ridiculous. Even the ritual
was not satisfying. I did not stay until the end.
Maybe the sort of bible-reading get-together that a nonreligious person would appreciate doesn't exist.( Continue...Collapse )