One of the critical weaknesses of the evangelical tradition, in my opinion, is that it has no appreciation for silence. Evangelical teachers talk, talk, talk, and never know when to shut up. I expect it comes from their emphasis on the Word. It’s like silence is some kind of sacrilege.
Yet the Word itself speaks of silence.
Ecclesiastes 3 says,
“There is a time for everything … a time to be silent and a time to speak.”
Habakkuk 2 says,
“But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.”
Revelation 8 says,
“When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.”
Have you ever experienced silence used powerfully in worship?