photo by Lois Pierpont
I have often thought of things I like in a church building. I love a soaring white steeple glistening against the blue sky or lighted jutting up into the night. It would, of course, have a large pulpit in the very center, symbolic of the priority of the ministry of the Word. Maybe it would have the white colonial furniture, too.
But the other night when I was getting ready to preach I noticed something important in church design I had never thought of before, something important. I’m not really sure I would want to pastor a church that didn’t have this particular feature. Every church, no matter what else they have should have substantial shelf in the Men’s Room, a place to lay your Bible. That assumes that it is expected that every man in the church would carry his own copy of the Scriptures to every service. It seems to me no church could stray too far from the narrow way if every man carried a copy of the Scriptures to every service.
Next time you visit the Men’s Room at church, check for a shelf. (Oh, and if you are the preacher, the other thing you might want to do is make sure your lapel mike is off).
I’ve got to say that I’ve never thought about it before, but what a testimony to have a full shelf on Sunday between services.
I don’t plan on visiting the Men’s room but when I saw the picture of the steeple I thought of the kids rhythm and I want to know where ALL the people are.
In between each “place” at Deer Valley they have a shelf for your ski gloves….if they have it for snow sliding they oughta have if for God’s Word already. You’ll be relieved to know (oh, that’s a horrid pun Josiah… 😀 ) that Bethlehem has great Bible shelves in the Men’s room, Grace E Free doesn’t (but they do have large paper towel things that work admirably), and Gethsemane LB doesn’t have anything (yet). Guess where I prefer to worship the Lord…
….any decent church has gotta have the Bible shelfs, it should be written in their “what we believe”. We can’t be leaving our swords at home when we venture out into the fray.
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USED TO BE LOG. WE RING THE BELL EVERY SUNDAY…
VERY LOVING PEOPLE… COME ON DOWN..
HOW’S THAT FOR OLD
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