Early Puritans Practiced Participatory Church

Reading a book this morning that I “randomly” found at McKay Books Nashville, I discovered that the early Puritans believed in participatory church. How exciting!

“In the conduct of worship the Separatists (early Puritans) stressed spontaneity. Following the regular sermon, they set aside a time for ‘prophesying,’ that is, little extemporaneous sermons or speeches by members of the congregation.  These in turn were followed by a period for questions from the congregation about any points in which the sermon or prophesying had left them in doubt.  They frowned on all set forms of prayers and liturgies.”  –a quote by Edmund S. Morgan (in the book Visible Saints–The History of a Puritan Idea)

We still allow that kind of ‘prophesying’ at The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville, Tennessee — Sundays @ 10:45, 225 Berry St., 37207.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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