Alan Knox has one of the best little series of posts on his blog. Its purpose is to get us to think about what Scripture says compared to how we actually live and what our traditions teach. I just have to repost a few here.
What then, brothers? When you come together,
each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation find a place to sit, sing along with the band or choir, and listen to the preacher. Let all things be done for building up as prescribed by your leaders. (1 Corinthians 14:26 remix)
fasting and praying they had raised enough support and been approved by the mission board, they laid their hands on them and the mission board sent them off. (Acts 13:3 re-mix)
Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved fellow worker
and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house (Let’s keep this between you and me since this is a personal, private issue and some of these things could be troubling or embarrassing.): (Romans 1:1-2 re-mix)
So I exhort the elders among you…
shepherd the flock of God that is among you preach sermons, organize programs, officiate weddings and funerals, administer finances, supervise employees… (1 Peter 5:1a, 2a re-mix)
I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you you should repeat these words after passing out the bread during the Lord’s Supper but before eating the bread, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, repeat these words after passing out the cups but before drinking saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-25 re-mix)
From that time Jesus began to
preach deliver 45 minute expository (or topical or narrative, take your pick) sermons, saying entitled, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17 re-mix)
But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. However, if you try really hard, and study all of the different passages about the end times, and try to somehow fit the separate pieces together as if they’re all one narrative, I’m certain you will be able to figure out the day and hour. (Matthew 24:36 re-mix)
And he gave the
apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for to do the work of ministry, and for building up the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-12 re-mix)
I really enjoy these and encourage you to visit his blog from time to time.