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That Old Time Religion
by Scott Spielman
06/03/09
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"Well, what did you think? I felt that the service was ok and the pastor really got fired up in his sermon." Jason hits the window control as he closes the car door. The car is very hot after sitting in the church parking lot for two hours.

Emily closes her door. "Please hurry and get the AC on it's sweltering in here. I haven't reached any conclusion. I didn't think it would be so hard to decide. What else did you notice?"

Jason thought for a moment as Emily frantically fanned herself with the church bulletin.

"I really wasn't very impressed with the worship team or the music. It seemed a bit mechanical and uninspired. It's not like any of the worship teams I've been on. I didn't know any of the songs. I heard you talking to that lady about children's church. It sounds as if you would fit right in. But it seem as though every place we have tried has a need for children's Sunday school teachers."

"Yes, isn't that sad in a way?" she replied. "There is always a need for people to help in that type of ministry. I love to do it so much and really miss not having a class to teach to teach right now. I hope we find a church soon. I want you to find a way for you to use your music again. I want you to be happy at church also."

"I think I will be fine as long I can find a place that is more about God and less about religion." Jason explained. "This last preacher seemed quite obsessed about being pentacostal and tongue speaking rather than the message of Gods grace and salvation. As a matter of fact every place we have been the pastor seems to feel obligated to defend that particular churches' creed or dogma. Was it the same way at our last church and we didn't even know it?"

"Well it wasn't like that when we first started there," Emily stated. "But things seemed to change with the new pastor."

As the car moved through the town on the way to the restaurant they left each other to their own thoughts. Neither one at peace with what they were learning.


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