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August 27, 2007



The "traditions of men" that Jesus spoke of have always been a source of contention between man and God.

I wouldn't call the services you described in your great grandma's church "traditonal" in the sense of being man's innovation but rather instituted and blessed by the Holy Spirit.

Dee Stewart

I agree, Nicole. But I have heard very disheartening things about why this type of service isn't welcome in church anymore. All of it cosmetic.


And, as we know, apostasy is waiting in the wings . . .

The Gospel isn't given to "feel" good--on the contrary it could be said it's given to make us feel horrible--guilty and filthy--so we can embrace the cleansing power of the Blood of Jesus.

Comfort and cosmetics are okay until they attempt to erode the Truth with their "convenience" gospel.

Dee Stewart

You are on a roll this morning, nicole. :) What's going on?

Madison Richards

Dee -

Better late than never!

Questioning isn't bad in and of itself. It's what moves us along the path toward our destinies. Traditions aren't bad either. I guess sometimes the difficulty comes up when people hold onto traditions purely for traditions' sake or because they fear change. Those seem to be the wrong motivations for holding onto something.


I have come to love the tradition of the Church. And I regret that so much has been thrown out, revised, made lite, shortened to fit minute attention spans.

I will be most interested in your exploration, Dee. I love the way you have recounted this tradition and how it has come to be. I look forward to more!

I embrace tradition. I embrace Jesus, whom I consider to be absolute Truth in Person. But I hope I am not a traditionalist---if that is a negative term to refer to those who want to make everyone go back to the King James Bible and the Book of Common Prayer (or Latin or whatever). I want to preserve what we have in my Anglican tradition to pass it on intact and I don't want praise choruses and guitars in our services. But I don't want every church to be like mine. I thank God there are churches that draw in people who love praise choruses and more modern and even postmodern forms of church and worship. And I hope I am not an absolutist, someone who would try to force my faith on other people.



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