Pardon my bravado and pardon my coming late to the party if you have already figured this out. But I have finally nailed down the problem with fundamentalism. We just are not able to "feel in the air" when history is being made with live recording sessions of worship. Our live worship recordings are so "feelingless in the air," and we have become marginalized because of this.
Our allegiance to intelligent (and intelligible) worship has sidelined us in the wake of people who worship by feelings and have the discernment to know it when it is history-making. (Didn't Paul mention that spiritual gift in 1 Corinthians? Or was it Romans?) Until we fundamentalists solve this problem, we will continue to show our old-fashioned ignorance and out-of-touchness by arguing about trivial things like whether or not God's word is inspired and inerrant, things like whether Jesus actually died a substitutionary death to remove the wrath of God from us, or things like whether or not genuine salvation brings a change in a person's life. May God forgive us for such narrow-minded pursuits when we could be feeling history in the air.
So if any of you know what the air feels like on these blessed occasions, please let me know. I am so embarrassed that I do not know this already, and confessing my ignorance to the world on my blog is humbling. (Someone pass me Mahaney's book when you are done with it.)
I have searched the Scriptures in vain for the scriptural criteria to determine when the "feeling in the air" is history making and when it's just the steel plant and the petroleum blowing off its waste. So far in my ministry here, it seems mostly the latter. The unfortunate part is that the feeling in the air around here collects on every flat service like heavy snow on a cold January day. The good part is that you can save paper though ... just write your notes in the dust on the desk.
So help me out ... explain to me how exactly I will know this "feeling in the air" when it happens. I can't bear to miss out on it anymore.