The Church is often in grave danger, though it is almost entirely unaware of it. The danger is that we think that spiritual work and ministry can be carried out primarily by physical means. This is a grievous error, but oh so common. While everything we do has both physical and spiritual consequences, our modernism has connived a way for us to go about doing spiritual work using physical means, trusting that these physical means will bring about a spiritual result.
It goes like this . . . a math teacher can get up in front of class of 14 year olds, explain the quadratic equation, pass out the homework, grade the homework, likely re-explain it in the next class, and by the end of the term (granted that he is a dexterous teacher with a relatively engaged class) he will have passed along the knowledge and understanding of these deep algebraic mysteries; mysteries even angels long to look into. [Read more…] about Two-by-Fours, Square Between the Eyes