Because we are in a world now that is not nearly so hierarchical as other generations were, it is possible for your congregation to network laterally with other congregations that are equally faithful. And that is exactly what’s happening in the New Wineskins network of churches, the Confessing Church Network, there are such networks available,… Continue reading The Reformed Church in the Reformed Tradition
There are far too many churches that are trying to follow the trends in an attempt to “grow” their congregations. The first problem is that they are focusing on quantity not quality. The second problem is that the churches are always a few years behind. A huge number of churches are trying to be “relevant”,… Continue reading Beware of Following the Trend
That led her to join a nine-month process known in the Catholic Church as RCIA, or Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Churches open doors to more converts In the Nazarene Church, we go through a membership class which lasts a few weeks. In the Lutheran Church, the same. However, these classes do not truly… Continue reading Teaching the Faith
In his article, What Makes a Church Missional?, J. Todd Billings does a decent (although, by necessity, not very in depth) analysis of the concept of the “Missional Church.” It is fairly balanced, I think. The biggest thing is not that the concept of Missional Church (as currently described is a few decades old) is… Continue reading Missional Church Analysis
A great blog post by brought these three articles to my attention: Less Television and Computer Gaming May Keep Children Slimmer. Granted, this is kind of a “duh,” however, the reason may not be what you think. An Email Free Day I Need a Virtual Break, No, Really. What I find interesting in the last… Continue reading What? Me, Unplug?
There have been articles, commentaries, blogs (of which I’m adding to, of course), podcasts, and what have you, about the imminent demise of the church. Sorry, but it has been all said before.
There is a great piece written by John Koesler, Eat, Drink, and Be Hungryarchived copy, on ChristianityToday.com. Sometimes I wonder if the Beatitudes really say what we think they mean, regardless of that underlying current of though in my own mind, I think this is a wonderful way of looking at the Beatitudes, life in… Continue reading Come to the Lord empty.
In The Mistakes We Make with Priestly Vocations, Fr. Philip N. Powell discusses something new in the Roman Catholic church, women serving in the place of pastors, not as pastors, but “Parish Life Coordinators.” Fr. Powell makes some wonderful points that are well worth considering. The primary scripture used to bar women from leadership positions… Continue reading Wherefore art thou male?
It’s a good way to have a timeout and provide an opportunity for Ann to continue to teach … Redding said she didn’t feel a need to reconcile all the differences between the two faiths but felt that at the most basic level, they are compatible. She believes she has not violated any of her… Continue reading Yes! Wait a minute, NO!
Daily Meditation (Henri Nouwen): A Father’s As Well As a Mother’s Love The father in the story of the prodigal son is mother as well. His running out to welcome his son, his embrace and kisses; his offering of the best robe, the ring, and the sandals; and his throwing a party are not the… Continue reading God’s Love In Human Arms