A Good Start--Needs To Go Deeper! Pastor Mencarow hits on many excellent points here concerning rituals and the man-made practices churches sincerely believe are biblical but are not.
As a fellow former Catholic, I appreciated what was said about the rote prayers and rituals. Saying a Rosary, for example, provides a satisfied feeling of having completed a task for God. I did it, now I'm done. That's easier than living a life of continual prayer and communion with the Lord.
The insight into Francis Crick's crackpot beliefs was "worth the price of admission," as the saying goes. Yes, a wonderful example of knowledge without wisdom!
The one shortcoming with the sermon in my opinion was it stopped short of exposing the extent of the pagan influences on today's church. A book that has revolutionized my thinking on the subject is Pagan Christianity by Frank Viola and George Barna. Their research shows how even the "ol'time religion" is tainted by Hellenized Judaism and outright pagan influences. Even that 7:00am traditional service is no safe refuge for Bereans seeking to worship God biblically.
Thank you for a "strong meat" sermon addressing a topic too few pastors will tackle.
Brave New World An excellent and insightful program (as usual). A book you brothers may want to read is "THE SHALLOWS: What The Internet is Doing To Our Brains" by Nicholas Carr. He argues the Internet is reducing people's abilities to think deeply, to read anything of substance and length, etc. The late Neil Postman was a prophet of sorts in warning us of the slippery slope television would turn out to be. Yes, getting children (and adults!) to listen, focus and comprehend is an increasingly uphill battle, and I lay the blame on the technology addiction afflicting so many believers. Unfortunately, being tech-savvy is looked upon as a virtue even by many Christians. As discerning believers who see the danger, we somehow have to be counter-cultural and "un-cool" the iPads, iPods, Facebook, Wiis, etc. I'm not sure how to do it, but it's a battle worth waging, especially for those of us who are parents and/or pastors and teachers.