Public reading of Scripture is an important part of worship.
But what about when it isn’t reading?
Today, I watched the beginning of a sermon online where a pastor spent time quoting a lengthy passage of Scripture, complete with excellent timing, voice inflection, and phrasing.
It was impressive.
But what of authority? He was clearly quoting it, almost as if it were his words. In fact, his voice inflection was such that, at times, it did sound exactly like his words.
What’s the problem? I confess that I am not entirely sure.
But it just seemed to me as if some of the authority was lost because it appeared more like this man’s words than it did God’s words. It wasn’t because of his voice, but because of his memory.
It was just a bit unsettling to me, a bit weird, like something was lost and something else was being substituted.
Am I offbase? Perhaps.
Feel free to tell me if I am (though some need no invitation at all).