Amen pet peeve

Mike Riley has touched squarely on a pet peeve of mine when in U.S. churches.

Thus, it is indeed needful for the church in the 21st century to show the same enthusiasm in worship as God’s people did in ancient days. The cold, heartless, and ritualistic worship that we see in many congregations of the Lord’s people today, needs to be replaced with some heartfelt “Amen” at important points in heartfelt sermons and at the conclusion of heartfelt prayers.

Not just because I’m used to Brazilians amens all the time, even in the staid Paulista churches, compared to the Minas and northeastern fervor. But because it’s biblical. In this day and age when the byword is participatory worship, we need the amens.

Go read his entire article, with biblical references.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

5 thoughts on “Amen pet peeve

  1. Randal,

    As always, I appreciate your good and encouraging comments.

    I believe the major difference between U.S. and Brazilian congregations is that folks in Brazil are “hungering and thirsting after righteousness” (Matthew 5:6).


  2. Amen!! Randal and Mike. I’m guilty too of not loud enough, or frequently enough. It’s very uncomfortable when I’m the only person in the church saying it. I truly am in a non-Amen church, actually our whole area. We have a preacher of 3 years who is slowly pulling it out of us. I’m more willing than most but I admit I’m not as bold as I should be. Perhaps I’ll work on it a bit more since you guys have made it so very clear biblically… Thanks!!!

  3. Why are “amens” authorized and acceptable and orderly, yet clapping to show approval or agreement is not??

  4. When you have to ASK for praise or acknowledgment of understanding, then your sermon might be missing something. I remember growing up in the Dellcrest Church of Christ and being moved as a child to say “Amen!”. Now when I go home (to my parent’s new congregation), it is more of a lecture than a sermon. If you give no passion in your sermon, you will get no passion from your audience. If that’s what you are looking for, then maybe you should try changing your preaching style.

    In the article that you referenced, the gentleman states that he remembers audible feedback from the audience when he was growing up in the 60’s. How many preachers can you remember from those times that were fervent in their sermons? Compare that to how many passionate CoC sermons you hear now…

What do you think?