Apologies in advance, but I could not resist.
For reasons that I cannot adequately explain, I still subscribe to a number of CoC listservs and church bulletins. Daily, weekly and monthly, as the case may be, I receive generous servings of the various peculiar CoC doctrines. Most of the time these publications just raise my blood pressure; occasionally I get a chuckle. I suppose, if I am honest, I also find myself occasionally challenged or enlightened. (It’s not all bad.) However, one recent article from the monthly bulletin of the Ellettsville (Indiana) Church of Christ (whose building cornerstone reads, I kid you not, “Established AD 33”) sent me laughing out loud while rolling on the floor.
Just have a look at the September Issue.
Apparently, Ellettsville’s preacher – don’t you dare call him pastor – John Issac Edwards is upset that some people view one’s whole life as an act of worship. To prove that worship is limited to only a few choice actions (which he would probably define as praying, hymn-singing and listening to his mindless sermons) John Issac turns to the extremely creepy and more-than-a-bit disconcerting story of Abraham’s God-ordered attempted murder of Issac. Edwards writes: