An article in an edition of Premier Christianity magazine reminded me that if things don't change; they will stay the same.
The article is about the church run by the group Hillsong; there is a lot of discussion going on about how the services are being broadcast and the fact the group of young people involved sing as though they are doing a rock concert, not a church service.
To the older readers - my age is 62 - we've been there before, in the 70's with the musical Godspell that brought a new vitality to the church.
I can't say I approve of the style, but if they can get the word of the Lord to the masses, all power to them.
To me, a church service should have some dignity, like the services of the Jimmy Swaggart ministries where the crowd are appropriately dressed, but then I am old-fashioned, and it is the word of the Lord that matters not what you wear.
Another case of wealth negating common sense.
The news from the tour of Australia is some of the group needed to be rescued from a riptide on a beach.
I cannot understand why people feel the urge to jump into the waves, they know the power of the water in a waterfall, and that sand has no strength, so it figures, to me, that where the waves crash there is going to a deep trench with a deadly undertow - do these people have a death wish - the lifeguards are forced to risk their lives to rescue stupid people, what happens if they can't get to you in time?
Other than your death, what about the trauma this causes for people who see you drown?
I almost drowned in a riptide many years ago, i was on Swanage beach, and I didn't realize it had a shelf about half a mile out.
I stepped off and went under, my parents were within arm's reach but unable to help me, if I hadn't been an excellent swimmer I would have drowned.