Five for Friday: Godinterest vs. Pinterest, Church vs. Sports, Worship vs. Worship

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (May 30, 2014) — Many Covenanters routinely share links to social media articles and videos with one another that Covenant News Service believes may be of interest to others. Each Friday we post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement of any views expressed.

The Christian Pinterest: Godinterest

Can you tell which one is the Christian version?

Sports vs. Church

A mother does a good job of articulating how she wrestles with whether her children should participate in sports that occur at the same time as church. While she watched her son play soccer one Sunday, she says, “I was frustrated because I could count 20 families from our church who were also at sports games that morning.”

The choices aren’t easy for parents today. This writer struggles because she knows there are choices to be made, each with its own drawbacks. Anyone tempted to castigate families who let their children play Sunday morning sports should also consider their own Sunday activities. Still, it can be a cop-out when parents say they don’t have a choice, that they have to let their kids play ball. The article also is a good starting point for considering the value we place on sports.

Paranoid Narcissism: What Dostoevsky Knew about the Internet

From the article: “Still, with the social world filtered through screens and fiber optics, it can be comforting to fantasize that friends are keeping tabs on us. That is, until that particularly good photo or well-crafted tweet or link shared to catch the interest of a certain interesting person just doesn’t get noticed—not a like, not a comment, not the tiniest tick upwards in our Klout Scores. All of our unanswered, paranoid wonderings—Do they see me? Are they watching? What must they think of me now?—conspire to expose us in our shameful unimportance, driving home first the realization that no one is watching and none of them care, and then the embarrassment of having assumed that they were and they did.”

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Unexpected Wedding Costs That Can Blow Your Budget

Let’s see: photographers, vendors, caterers, the band, etc. Is anyone surprised that the pastor isn’t mentioned? Of course, he or she only spends hours preparing for and doing the premarital counseling, helps pull together the order of service, labors numerous hours on the message, and is at the church long before, during, and after the ceremony. Aren’t they supposed to do that for free—or at least for less than the cost of the personalized napkins?

Why They Don’t Sing in Church Anymore

“Why They Don’t Sing” and the writer’s follow-up piece, “Confessions of a Worship Wars Mercenary,” have been getting a lot of attention, including two responses by Covenant worship leaders Chris Logan (“Vision”) and Gail Song Bantum (“A Culture of Complaining”).

I generally find the “worship wars” discussions to be pretty dull. After all, they’ve been around a couple millennia longer than the advent of “contemporary” worship. The punch/counter-punch are always the same. There’s some rehashed points here, but the self-critique is interesting.

Still, the criticisms always seem to be directed at churches with contemporary worship, especially megachurches. (Jeesh, can’t these churches ever do anything right?) Don’t for a minute think plenty of organists and pianists haven’t put on “performances” while playing hymns and choral numbers. Anyone ever applaud after the offertory?

A Ministry for Parents at the End of Their Rope

This is a much-needed ministry. Some Covenant churches do something similar for at least a couple hours one or two nights a month. Many of our camps also have weeks designated for families who have a member with disabilities. To learn more about Covenant resources for churches wanting to minister to people with disabilities, click here.

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  1. I was an athlete at the International and professional level in wrestling and a coach for girl’s soccer. When coaching Premier Soccer for a tournament or scheduling league games, I made it a point never to schedule on Sunday morning (there were only a couple exceptions). When I was occasionally asked why, I always said it was more important that my girls be in church on a Sunday morning than playing a soccer game. If I ever got resistance on this I let them know this was not a negotiable issue.

  2. The Christian Pinterest: Godinterest. You’re right. At first they look no different until I dug a little deeper. There are obvious differences. I didn’t have to do a search on Godinterest to see the above. I guess I’ll continue using both now. I know what I’m going to see on Godinterest, which makes it handy to reposting Christian stuff on my what’s app Christian power group. But not a bad idea. Thanks for sharing. The Christian community is so fragmented around the world, about time somebody created a one-stop shop community. Its a love or hate thing. I prefer to LOVE.

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