Last Monday evening I visited Arlington Bible College. I had a nice 45 minute visit with Donald Brooks, Dean of the college.
Towards the end of the visit, Rev. Michael Britton came in the room. He was teaching Church History I on that evening. After the visit, I went to Rev. Britton’s classroom to sit in on the class. I must say I was quite impressed. There were about nine students in the class.
Rev. Britton was very well prepared, doing the entire lecture with Power Point slides. There weren’t even personal computers the last time I was in college or grad school.
He was covering the various Crusades. I didn’t know much about the Crusades and learned quite a bit. The textbook being used was ‘Christianity Through The Centuries’ by Earle E. Cairns.
At the end of the class, Rev. Britton invited me back for next week. He is going to show a movie next week.
One thing I was pleased to notice, from my various conversations with the staff, instructor, students, and chapel times, was that Arlington Bible College takes a conservative stance. I like that very much. I’m not a liberal in any area of my life.
Rev. Britton also invited me to his church; however, it is quite a ways from my home. There is a baptist church near my home in Riveria Beach (Anne Arundel County) that I am considering visiting.
I haven’t attended church since 1998, perferring to worship in my own way, in private. I like private meditation and prayer. I enjoy hearing a good sermon and lecture. I enjoy listening to Christian music. All of this can be obtained from TV, radio, or via the internet in mp3 format.
The only thing missing is a congregation of people.
Mat 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
The ‘closet’ simply means a private place. You can certainly pray in public, but God also advocates private prayer. Prayer is worship. Therefore, from my way of thinking, you can also worship in private. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with public worship, just like there is nothing wrong with public prayer. I prefer private prayer and private worship.
Eventually, I’ll probably return to a church. More than likely it will be a baptist church, or certainly one where the bible is strictly and conservatively taught.