Is the Center of My Life the Church?

Dear Editor,

I would like to comment on the reprinted article of Marvin Kamps in the April issue of Beacon Lights, the title of which was “Is the Center of My Life the Church?” Basically what was written is certainly true, but I believe a little more could be said. So in regard to this I would like to quote what Luther wrote along the same lines. He writes, “I would not have preachers torment their hearers, and detain them with long and tedious preaching, for the delight of hearing vanishes therewith, and the preachers hurt themselves” (Of Preachers and Preaching CCCXCIII).

In the Lord,

Fred Ondersma

“And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together. And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead. And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him. When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed. And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted” (Acts 20:7-12).