This blog gains its name from the book Steele's Answers published in 1912. It began as an effort to blog through that book, posting each of the Questions and Answers in the book in the order in which they appeared. I began the project on Dec. 10, 2011. I completed it on July 11, 2015. Along the way, I began to also post snippets from Dr. Steele's other writings — and from some other holiness writers of his times. I still do that every once in a while.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Church Entertainments

QUESTION: How can we best manage church entertainments?

ANSWER: The Question Box is not an expert in this matter. He never announced one, and never heard one announced from the pulpit till after his retirement from the active ministry. Then he attended one to see what it looked like. The new institution did not commend itself to him. He is sure that fun and frolic in the house of God are damaging to that spirit of reverence which should be cultivated in the young. I think it is Dr. J. M. Buckley who advises that a censor be appointed to supervise the program and eliminate improper readings and other objectionable performances. This would require of the pastor — for he ought to be the censor ­ eternal vigilance as the price of decency, and unusual courage and skill in the minister already sufficiently burdened.

Steele's Answers p. 146, 147.

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