Sunday, August 10, 2008

Real Men Worship

A friend of mine mentioned to me that many of the song lyrics used for worship today strike more of a feminine touch, rather than a more manly mantra. Really? Going through our set lists of songs used in weekend worship, I think my friend is right. A healthy balance between the hearts of men and women would be healthy.

Regardless of the gender or ages, God desires all people, races, and sexes to connect with their true Creator.

Take these next two songs and compare them. I like both songs — but there is a distinct difference. Which one do you resonate with more? Are you a man or woman?

"Draw Me Close"

Draw me close to you
Never let me go
I lay it all down again
To hear you say that I'm your friend
You are my desire
No one else will do
Cause nothing else can take your place
To feel the warmth of your embrace
Help me find the way
Bring me back to you

"A Mighty Fortress Is Our God"

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Check out this following article (posted on AZ Central, but from USA Today).

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Churches trying to woo men into pews

Churches nationwide are fretting and sweating to reel men into their sanctuaries on Sundays. Women outnumber men in attendance in every major Christian denomination, and women are 20 to 25 percent more likely to attend worship at least weekly.

• 52 percent of women and 48 percent of men say they identify with a particular religion, and women are the majority in 21 of 25 Christian denominations, according to the recent "U.S. Religious Landscape Survey" of 35,000 people by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. The survey found 39 percent of U.S. adults - 45 percent of women and 34 percent of men - attend worship at least weekly.

Although every soul matters, many pastors say they need to power up on reaching men if the next generation of believers, the children, will find the way to faith. So hundreds of churches are going for a "guy church" vibe, programming for a stereotypical man's man.

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