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Sunday, March 4, 2007

Religious Tension & Power Point

I was approached again this morning at church about helping out on the ministry team running Power Point during worship.

#1 I have a hard time with Power Point. I think that it's cheezy.

#2 I am kind of irritated at the style of "worship" that they do. It sounds like a cheap imitation of what I hear on the contemporary Christian station.

#3 I am feeling tension about running presentations for things that I'm not totally behind. Although I suppose I could do it out of support for what the church is trying to accomplish; but my beliefs are not totally behind it.

#4 My biggest issue is that I have a problem saying no, especially when I don't feel like I have a good enough reason to say yes.

I do have an issue with feeling disconnected though. I feel that my theology is leading me more down the path of being a Unitarian rather than an Evangelical. [Well, probably not exactly a Unitarian, but I can't think of a description for what I am] I'm sure that once that came out I wouldn't be allowed to be a part of "ministry." But I dont' want to purposely cause any issues for myself or my family...but moreso for my family...but moreso for my wife.

So I was given a brief questionaire to fill out. The questions were simple and so are my answers-

a.) Why do you feel called to be a part of the worship team- I don't; someone asked me to help out and I can't think of an acceptable reason that anyone would take for my saying "no."

b.) How many Sundays a month are you available- I will say 2. I like to be flexible and I don't want to become the only contact for this.

c.) Have you read the guidelines for being on the worship team- Yes, about a year and a half ago but I don't remember a whole lot about it.

Do I sound wishy-washy? I think I do. At what point does ambiguity lose its bliss?


Blogger Eric said...


I wish I'd had the guts to put down on my "ministry application" when they hog-tied me to the sound board then the "Computer Overhead Ministry".

Nice blog!


March 7, 2007 at 6:28 PM  
Anonymous NORM said...

Hi Chris,

NORM here. Believe me, I KNOW the feeling. Check out my post on the Ventura County Lutherans (let me know if you need the link)under the Evangelism thread toward the end.

Thank G-d for these message boards. I think that I would actually explode if I could not express all of these strange thoughts banging around in my head.

It's encouraging to know I'm not alone.

Nice Blog, dude. How's the fam?


March 7, 2007 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger The Raging Paradoxidation said...

Hey Norm and Eric, thanks for stopping by.

Yeah, the blogg-o-sphere and message boards can be very therapeutic.[or therapubic if you're an adolescent]

I tried to find that post, Norm, but I think that I may have missed it. I've tried to keep up on your posts and may have even read the one you're referring to but I don't recall it. Go ahead and send me the link if you still have it.

The fam, not bad. I'll dig up your email from the Chat Closet and drop you a line.

March 7, 2007 at 9:25 PM  
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