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One Month Ago Today

March 3, 2019

One month ago today was the NFL’s Big Game, but I’m not going anywhere near saying anything about Tom Brady. (I’ve learned at least a few things over the years…!)

One month ago today was also the half-time show with Maroon 5 and guests. I’m also not going anywhere near saying anything about Adam Levine. (See the above parenthetical sentence.)

Writing on Billboard.com the next day, Gil Kaufman wrote a lengthy piece dissecting this year’s half-time show’s controversy.

Here’s what has stuck with me from it:

“They have to appeal to everybody,

and now they’re appealing to nobody.”

That sounds painfully familiar. I’ve heard that said of churches. I’ve said that of churches. I’ve no doubt done things that caused that to be said of churches I’ve served.

What’s the fix for the NFL?

From that same source, speaking of the half-time show:

“Get the focus back on music.”

What’s the fix for our churches?

Acts 2:42 says of the early church, They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Col. 3:16 invites us to Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Matt. 28:19-20a shows Christ Jesus commissioning us to Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.

Those three Scriptures are more than enough to remind you and me to keep the main thing the main thing.

Or, in other words, let’s get the focus back on the One our music is all about.

And that One not only is all about love, that One is Love…but don’t just take my word for it: see what 1st John 4:8 & 16b say.

And be thankful.

 

 

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