I don’t know about you, but one thing I don’t like . . . I mean, really don’t like . . . is when there is a piano playing softly in the background while someone is praying during service. You know, this always happens during the nice sweet tender moments of a message. It may be at the giving of the Gospel, the conclusion of a message, or during the prayer. Slowly in the background, somehow without you noticing, the pianist has stuck back up to the stage and began playing softly.

Call it creating the mood, preparing the audience, or whatever. I call it a shameful, fake, and manipulative part of the Christian sub-culture.

Stop it! Please. Throw this in the recycle bin. If emergers don’t do this, I am going emerging.

Seriously, while I don’t like it, why do we do it?

(This is part of a new perpetual series called “Pet Peeves” on Parchment and Pen. Please don’t take these too seriously as they may be over-the-top rants to create conversation. You can submit your own pet peeve in the lower left of the blog. It might be published!)

C Michael Patton
C Michael Patton

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. Find him on Patreon Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. Join his Patreon and support his ministry