睇教會,識睇一定睇書櫃

有說,一個人的房間是他心靈狀態的反映。那麼,一間教會的環境,某程度上,亦反映所屬信仰群體的一些氣質。我不是說教會要大要靚,那只是膚淺的外表。要看一間教會的氣質,不妨由她(教會會用女性她,求解)的書櫃開始觀察。書櫃也者,不限於放書的地方,也包括放CD、DVD、錄音帶的「影音櫃」,也包括放雜誌刊物的雜誌架。另外,從教會張貼出來的海報宣傳,亦可窺教會的氣質。先談書櫃。

一般教會都會設一個書櫃,放些基督教書藉(aka 屬靈書)供信徒借閱或在教會內參考。你可以從兩方面觀察,第一是書櫃借還是否頻繁,第二是它提供甚麼書。書櫃交易暢旺,即教會閱讀風氣盛。有些教會會專設 librarian 負責,有些則自助。我話你知,梗係有 librarian 果d教會係有心搞圖書櫃啦。我知道呀,有間教會既 librarian 係週間夜晚回教會圖書館當值等人來借書架。呢d咪有 heart 搞圖書館囉。

另外當然要睇佢地放咩書。如果你唔識分咩書好咩書唔好,唔緊要。總之,有新書好過無。有d教會個 library d書真係古卷咁架,得d八十年代的書。咁唔係代表懷舊或者重傳統喎,係代表你個圖書館無 update 咋喎。另外,睇吓佢地入咩出版社既書。入基道呀、校園呀、明道社呀、文藝呀,就幾好。如果係入大量以琳呀,咁咪賴野囉。除左屬靈書,睇吓佢地擺左幾多聖經譯本,多一定好過少,又原文則更佳(雖然d原文可能都係 for 傳道同工 internal use,但係都好丫~),如果得本《啟導本》,咁就賴野嘞。如果有「馮象」就爽歪歪了(個人品味)。此外,如果,教會圖書館最深果本書係《標竿人生》,咁得嘞,唔駛睇。還有,有些教會圖書櫃會有《末日迷蹤》系列小說,有呢,你就可以評估呢間教會嘞。嗱,愈少,呢間教會愈好。一本都無,最好;有齊一套,大劑。點解?因為呢套小說解啟示錄真係亂來的,如果教會覺得無問題,咁係有問題囉anyway,簡單來說,觀其書櫃而知其教會氣質。

另外,也要看牧師/ 傳道的書櫃。如果牧師房最深果本係《聖經.啟導本》,哈~死得。有一次,我去到見到個牧師間房有幾本 Marva Dawn,幾本古倫神父,我就知我同佢啱傾,結果,真係,好好傾。相反,如果牧師房有好多咩《直奔標竿》呀,《一針見血的福音》呀,《價值觀重整之旅》呀,咁你要關心下佢,點解會睇d咁既書。可能阿牧師係想找出書中錯謬,that’s fine。但係,牧師如果話想拿來作小組教材,咁你可以明白,他的品味需要重整。嗱,又如果你係牧師房見到《令人噴飯的謝飯》你唔好開心住喎,佢可能係想找出書中錯謬架喎。仲有一樣,有d牧師會成套釋經書擺出來(好似d律師行d law 書咁),你會被其磅礡的氣勢嚇親,但係唔駛驚,你要留意下佢套書係愛黎擺定係愛黎用,擺既話,唔駛驚。(講開又講,我識得個牧師,有成套 WBC擺住唔用,我應該求佢送俾我。我會用的。)觀一人之書櫃,能大概知其氣質。原理實在是簡單。

到影音櫃。第一原則:影音不宜多「影音」,特別係《挪亞方舟驚世啟示》。如果一間教會有《挪亞方舟驚世啟示》1,咁即係佢地唔小心上左一次當。但係如果間教會有《挪亞方舟驚世啟示》 1同 2呢,咁即係佢地連續上了兩次當。咁你要評估這間教會領導人的判斷力問題。影音櫃還有一點值得留意的,就係有d教會的影音櫃有鋪滿一牆的 80 年代錄音帶,例如有經典的溫偉耀《作個八十年代的屬靈人》,咁你會知道,呢間教會係仍然相當希望他們作個八十年代的屬靈人。無問題,但你應該問吓有關人士,教會有無得借埋 walkman/ boombox.

到雜誌架了。原則一樣,擺咩出來反映他們是甚麼人。有些教會愛擺神學院延伸課程資料,或者係外間講座資料,相當好。有些教會,會掛 $6.1 banner。咁佢地就係果d擁抱 $6.1 的人囉。無野既。有一次我去一間教會,多手看看他們的雜誌架,放面頭的竟然是一本 2008 年的《天使心》,OMG,你應該加張 notice 叫人「小心輕放古董」。有些教會則沒有甚麼外間聚會資訊,但到處貼教會小孩的手工作品,我覺得都無咩關係,都係果句,從這些細節,會看到教會的氣質。

最後,看一看他們的週刊。教會週刊就咁睇係一份程序表,但細看其實有好多野可以睇到的。週刊之於教會,如同卡片之人。從卡片你可以略略認識一個人,從週刊,你可以略略認識一間教會。舉個經典的例子,善樂堂本週刊,每週出紙 64 頁,內有大量新聞、評論、教友寫的文章、上週講章 full script,你會見到她們投放很多資源做好本週刊,本週刊真係可以睇一兩粒鐘而且係牧養到你的。但係呢,我又見過d週刊係連最基本的 alignment 都做唔好的,咁又代表左d咩呢? 你自己諗。

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19 thoughts on “睇教會,識睇一定睇書櫃

  1. 又不至於咁差既, 《直奔標竿》,《一針見血的福音》,《價值觀重整之旅》對初信的人是有幫助。看書要看對象需要。我自己買這些在教會是為初信;自己屋企放的才是自己會看的書。:)

      1. each one can have one’s perspective. I don’t think that these books have no merit at all. Maybe our prejudice affects us to see the thing in balance.
        Exegesis or explication have many ways, but needs enough support to defend your own one in different circumstances.

      2. vice versa is an economic term :). anyway having self awareness is a good thing.
        Try not to let prejudice prevail our life too much, or turn it into the evidence by pointing how toxic they are. Every book even renowned academic book have shortcomings, prove by evidence and not by feeling if u want to go academic. Otherwise it fells into prejudice.

      3. Oxford Dictionary says “vice versa” is a Latin term. Even if it is truly an economic term, are we saying we cannot use it in everyday life? Why did we turn a constructive discussion into a lecture “Try not to…”?

      4. Vice versa is a Latin word. It is used in general term but not economic term only.

      5. Yes, it’s Latin, but rarely used in day-to-day conversation as I know. It is quite a specific term when I’m studying economic at university.
        Is it “try not to” a lecture style? It is just my opinion in the discussion, if it is, then every opinion is lecture also.

    1. In older, more formal English, objects that provide lodging to people habitually take a feminine pronoun and not an inanimate pronoun (it) : eg.. house, villa, ship. They are usually given a female proper name as well. Church as a building fits the category. The Chinese pronoun 她 apparently did not appear in Chinese until around 五四運動 due to foreign influence. The word is used because translators of European literature wants to retain the gender distinction in the original works. Furthermore, it’s worth mentioning that early reformation theologians called church, as in the universal church, mother of Christians.

    1. 對於Rick Warren的《標竿人生》, 反方認為(1)作者為了證明自己是對的, 大玩文字遊戲, 在不同聖經翻譯找證據, 但找到的經文和原文意思不一樣 ; (2) 作者斷章取義, 例如認為 40是特別數字, 應許讀者40天內找到目標人生. 以上詳情請google. 小心, Rick Warren是很多牧者的偶像, 批評他會得罪很多人.

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