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This stings a bit, but it’s necessary.
When the church as a whole sings, there is “speaking one to another” that admonishes and encourages us corporately in the faith. In this sense, we might even say the loudest sound in a room should be the congregation. In Christ, we are one body. Demonstrating that reality in worship requires that we actually be able to hear ourselves, and hear one another singing alongside us. It is a corporate affirmation that says we are one, and we believe what we are singing regardless of where we are spiritually or emotionally as individuals!
This is a lot of fun.
I must confess: I’m torn between two loves. I live two lives. I am a bivocational pastor.
Admittedly, I’m not your traditional bivocational pastor. I don’t work in the local mill to support my ministry. I don’t sell anything so I can give the gospel away. I am a college professor who teaches historical and systematic theology.
I am a theologian who also happens to be a pastor, and a pastor who also shepherds minds. Following Michael Kruger’s taxonomy, I am a “scholar-pastor,” someone who works full-time in the academy and part-time in the pastorate. My days are spent behind a lectern; my weekends behind a pulpit.
After many battles in their conquest of the promised land, one day Joshua and Israel faced the mightiest army yet to be assembled against them. Joshua 11:4 says this army “came out with all their troops, a great horde, in number like the sand that is on the seashore, with very many horses and chariots.” Their enemies had thousands of horses, and their chariots were most likely covered in iron and had hooks or scythes extending from the wheel hubs which ripped through enemy troops as they drove their chariots through them. They were terrifying. Yet God told Israel not to be afraid:
And the LORD said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them, for tomorrow at this time I will give over all of them, slain, to Israel.” Then God gave them one of the strangest commands ever:
You shall hamstring their horses and burn their chariots with fire.” (6)