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July 12, 2004

What Do You See?

Stone Congregation.jpg
Imagine being a pastor every Sunday morning looking out at the crowd. (Just try to imagine for one minute!) What do you see?

Should (he or she) YOU expect to see some indication of life … some change? Is it too much to hope for?

If one were speaking to a pile of rocks (as in the picture above from my back yard) it would be rather ridiculous to expect any sort of response. Unchanged & unaffected by verbal stimulation, sound waves at the frequency of the human voice have no effect upon stone.

Is the human heart really that hard? It very well may be the hardest substance on the face of this earth. Imagine that! Maybe if rocks “bumped against each other” a little more, change could happen. Wouldn’t that be something?

There is and ancient proverb that says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17) What do you imagine could constructively cause such close contact (of people "bumping" against one another) if you were a pastor, looking out at the crowd? Let me hear from you. I'm working to see this happen on Sunday mornings.

Posted by Adrian2 at July 12, 2004 8:57 PM | trackback url


"Maybe if rocks "bumped" against each other a little more" is referring to the "rocks" of human hearts seemingly unmoved and unchanged by the Word of God. Such "bumping" I am told occurs in support groups like A.A. and others. People "bump into" the stark reality of one anothers lives ... not perfect, but moving forward and making progress as they support and encourage one another.

Posted by: Rev. A. at July 12, 2004 9:06 PM

Wow, that is a provocative thought/image! It would almost be insulting if I didn't know how much you love to work with stone! As a stone sitting in the pews, I have a tendency to see it the other way around. I want to be moved, but it is the stones behind the pulpit and in the choir that make keep the stones in my head from bumping around.

Posted by: A3 at July 14, 2004 3:32 PM

Interesting comment! I never thought of it that way. Yes, there are undoubtedly a lot of "stones behind the pulpit and in the choir". I guess there is little we can do about them. But since we "want to be moved" I'm interested in ways to facilitate those who do ... in a public worship service! (Where everybody can see ... that's the scary part.)

Posted by: Rev. A. at July 14, 2004 3:50 PM

What do you mean by public worship service? Do you mean Sunday morning worship, or something more public? Yeah, that is scary. What would be gained by people being able to see our worship?

Posted by: A3 at July 16, 2004 11:07 AM