The Wanderer

As I walked through the wilderness of this world …

Of crying children and church services

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The Norman Rockwell on the right represents a scene too often played out in churches, and which we have laboured to address in the one which I serve: the bawling infant, the stolid guardian, the penetrating howl. We cannot object to children being children, and the occasional gurgle, slurp, cry, or – when older – the distinct answer to the preacher’s rhetorical questions, we will not criticise. We love to see them present, and learning to sing and pray and hear the Word of God. However, when they keep everyone else from doing the same, we must take a stand.

Earlier today a friend passed on a nugget of Spurgeonic wisdom, which – not being able to trace it immediately – I can only paraphrase: “Crying children in the services of worship are like New Year’s resolutions: they should be carried out immediately!”

And so say all of us.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Tuesday 16 November 2010 at 18:45

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  1. Brother, I have the pleasure of listening to the excellent sermons at Maidenbower Baptist Church via Sermon Audio and I entirely agree with pastor Spurgeon! :)

    Bob

    Tuesday 16 November 2010 at 19:02


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