Helpful articles and encouragement for church leaders and lay members along with information on church activity and circumstances the world over.
Fewer Americans are going to church than ever, and one reason may be because they’re too busy logging onto the Internet, a new research study shows.
Bethlehem Community Church in Laurel, Mississippi had advertised to the community that a “special guest,” would be speaking.
What would you think of a pastor who preached to his church in front of billboards advertising the newest Cadillac or Monster Energy drinks? Would you find it acceptable for a pastor to paste advertising all over the stage, filling the space with branded messages in the finest traditions of NASCAR?
The head coach of the Mooresville High School football team, Hal Capps, has been ordered to stop leading players in prayer and from attending their baptisms.
We used to have a lot of hymns about the blood of Jesus. The songs told how the blood of Jesus was the only thing that could make a sinful heart clean, could protect the believer from the snares of the enemy, and was an absolute necessity in the life of every Christian. They were powerful songs with a powerful message. But what happened to them?
This top ten list comes from years of observation. No definitive study is being referenced, but we think this is a pretty close list of actions (or not) that turn people away from church and lose members.
Big churches have always been around, including Charles Spurgeon’s Baptist Metropolitan Tabernacle in London which drew 5,000 weekly in the 1800s, as did the Angelus Temple in Los Angeles where radio evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson preached. But size isn’t the issue.
How tolerant! How understanding! God loves all people so why should we be cruel? Why should we correct them? People work hard and get beaten up every day so why should we beat them up on Sunday (as one popular TV preacher often says)? It isn’t our place to tell them they’re sinners – they know they’re sinners! “It’s our place to loooove them!” Right?
The last article I wrote was all about how the world will know us by the way we love them as well as each other. But we have to be honest here. We are human … every one of us. And, as long as we are human, we will have conflict. There will be misunderstandings, miscommunications, and misattributions. What do we do to reduce the damage these things can cause?
When Jesus was teaching His disciples He made it clear that whatever else was a measure of our Christianity, “they” (meaning unbelievers) would know we were His followers because of our love (John 13:35). But what did He really mean by that?
Two Belgian architects have a scheme to make people think differently about religion, but you can see right through their intentions — their church is transparent.
Critics of the Chicken Church say its architect inadvertently laid an egg. A photographer had noticed that, from just the right spot, its highest windows resemble eyes, and some roofing tiles have the look of wings and a beak.
I can think of many reasons why James Bond appeals to moviegoers. Each film features his unequaled skills as one of Britain’s greatest spies. He has unusual weapons, often disguised in creative ways. He breaks the rules but still gets the job done. There is always humor, much of it subtle, sometimes cheesy.
There was a time when left was right, and the right was left. I’m talking about the early days when people first decided which side of the road to drive on. But strangely enough, that debate was linked with the design of early castles. Confused?
Have you ever been under fire? I’m not necessarily referring to being literally shot at by an enemy, although I can attest to the fact that this is not a pleasant experience (having been in a good many “fire fights” while a gunner for a helicopter attack squadron in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam).