Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — 30 Minute Church



30 Minute Church
A couple of weeks ago there was an article in the Chicago Tribune about Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church offering a 30-minute church service.

This week I found two podcasts with different takes on the service. There aren’t any “sides” represented, just different levels of concern. What struck me was how personal relationships and trust influenced how the service was viewed. There is probably a lesson we should be learning related to the SMP program and even The Koinonia Project.

Radical Grace Radio relevant discussion begins about 11:15

Boars in the Vineyard relevant discussion begins about 30:45


Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — 30 Minute Church — 2 Comments

  1. Time as an idol can work both ways. On the one hand you have this sort of thing where there’s a “race” to get done as quickly as possible, and the result is a service that’s more of a superficial walkthrough than a real time of worship.

    But the opposite extreme is just as bad, and it’s especially prevalent in American evangelicalism, where the preacher automatically equates “longer” with “more spiritual,” and will either drag out the musical portion of the service or ramble on in his sermon, sometimes in the name of “the Spirit” or because he has some obsessive/compulsive need to not let his parishioners out before a certain time (do I sound like I’ve sat through this before? 😀 )

  2. It is a sad time when being in the presence of God and receiving His gifts can get too long.

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