Jared Wilson gets a bit satirical in this one.
If a person walked into the church today, they might as well have stepped into a comic book convention, for they would likely find a group of people so entrenched into their own subculture that they don’t even think about what they’re saying, singing, or preaching any more. After all, everybody understands them; they’re seeking the same language.
When a leader is numb, the leader stops caring. The leader is no longer only physically exhausted; the leader is now mentally, spiritually, and emotionally numb. Passion has dissipated. Concern has ceased. Emotions, heart, passion, and care are all just numbed.
Thomas S. Kidd:
Washington was no perfect man, either publicly or privately. Most historians understand that General Washington made a number of major errors in judgment as the war proceeded. And privately, his foibles were exposed nowhere better than his foolish but flagrant flirtations with the married woman Sally Fairfax, prior to Washington’s own marriage. Chernow judiciously focuses on this dalliance to remind us that however wise and courageous Washington became in adulthood, he began as a young man who could do some boneheaded things.
So why did I need to “cram” seminary at all in the first place? Before going to Louisville, KY for the ’13-’14 school year, we’d only planned to stay one year as a so-called seminary “break” from serving in China. I’d done some classes online beforehand and planned to take a light load at Southern for that year since I was doing a shorter Master’s degree [only 48 credit hours]. But during the summer before moving to Southern, I changed my mind and decided to do the M.DIV [94 total credit hours – usually spanning 3 or more years] instead of the M.A., so I knew I needed to cram tons of classes into that one year on-campus at Southern.
A favorite from the archives:
Nevertheless, when I don’t feel like singing, there are songs that I find myself starting to think about when I don’t feel like I can sing what everyone else is. It’s one I actually find myself singing as I’m getting ready for work in the morning. I first heard it at the close of a prayer meeting with Peter Jones at a TruthXchange event about five years ago. It was written in 1674, and is really simple—it has four verses and it’s simply an encouragement to offer praise.