An old stone church

We worshipped in an old stone church while on holidays. I admit that my prejudices were making me apprehensive. Old stone churches, to my mind, often mean churches where human traditions trump the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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But I was very pleased to have my prejudices proved wrong in this case.

The Good News of Jesus was much in the forefront. The reality of human sinfulness and our great need for God’s grace in Christ were made clear from the text of the Bible.

More than this, a Psalm was sung — a real Psalm — not just a snippet pinched from a Psalm and repeated over and over again, nor a piece of a Psalm incorporated into a merely human composition. It was a complete Psalm — in a congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Australia! This is something I have grown NOT to expect from a church whose historic practice was (and whose continuing doctrinal position is) to sing Psalms in the public worship of God. The PCA had become to me almost an anti-Psalm church.

So this unexpected occurrence in a old stone church cheered me considerably.

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