Sermon: Ring Them BellsPastor Brian Zahnd | Friday, November 23, 2012 - 7:00 pm
In Muslim countries, it is common to hear the adhan, the Islamic call to prayer. A priest will make this call loudly five times a day to signify that it is time to stop what you are doing and kneel to pray. What the adhan is in Islam the church bell is in Christianity; it is a call to prayer. But in the Christian/secular West we have lost the sound of the church bell. The sound of secularism is the silence of the church bell. The Christian church bell is a call to the people to be a prayerful community. It is a public call, but it should not be confused with a political call. The public presence of the church is to be more like the beauty of chiming church bells and less like the ugliness of haranguing political ads.