Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

The Worship Wars


Two dangers that face churches today in the debate about worship styles are the temptation to blindly chase after worldly fads and the desire to turn a worship service into an historic reenactment. The first absolutizes cultural changes with no thought to the continuity of the body of Christ throughout history; the second absolutizes a particular culture and time and therefore denies the Gospel the ability to transform a culture and to create a worship style fitting to that culture and time.

Comments

Erica said…
Hmm...needs more candles. XD
Wayne Brown said…
Hmmm. Not sure if it's so much absolutizing as creating a constant... Interesting.
Rick said…
That's pretty much what I meant. A particular culture/time becomes an absolute constant for all times and places or the principle of change itself becomes the constant.