The Daily Mail reports on a survey of men about the church saying that: 60 per cent of those who took part in a survey said they enjoyed singing - but added comments showing they preferred anthemic songs and 'proclamational' hymns as opposed to more emotional love songs. ...52 per cent did not like dancing in church... many did not like hugging, holding hands or sitting in circles discussing their feelings in church. Most were churchgoers... Nearly three quarters, or 72 per cent, said their favourite part of a service was the talk or sermon... Sorted managing editor and publisher Steve Legg said: 'Jesus recruited a bunch of 12 ordinary blokes before He began his ministry proper. They spent three years together doing stuff. He sat down and ate with them and built relationships.
Not that we pander to survey results... but there are some helpful challenges, and given that proclamation through singing and solid preaching didn't ought to be negotiable let's keep them high on the agenda... and if we must do some of the other elements let's beware that the only offence in the room on a Sunday morning should be the gospel. If men have to get over hand-holding and sharing their feelings to be part of the church family we've set the bar up a bit differently to how the Bible does.
ht: Matthew Hosier