Church, General

Thinking About that Familiar Communion Set

Go to any Christian bookstore or website, and you will find communion sets available in multiple setups and materials. You can get gold, silver or titanium. You can have trays with just the little juice cups and bread, or a combination. You can get them sized for whole congregations, small groups or even individual participation.… Continue reading Thinking About that Familiar Communion Set

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Church, Definitions, Theology, Things We Shouldn't Discuss

Mormonism is Not Orthodox Christianity

Many Christian apologists who answer Mormon doctrine do so on the basis of looking deep into their lesser known beliefs and pointing out that there is some wild stuff going on there. For example, Joseph Smith taught that Methuselah and Abraham used the urim and the thummim as magical telescopes to discover the star Kolob,… Continue reading Mormonism is Not Orthodox Christianity

Church, Cross Posts, Doesn't Fit in a Category, General

What Is Normal?

(I came across this post while looking for something else. I wrote this in 2007, and I was probably giving "The Word" a fresh listen while getting ready to teach on Ezekiel. Although a lot has changed about me since the days when I wrote it, this still resonated with me.) Reluctant ride in the… Continue reading What Is Normal?

54, Church, General

Don’t Give In, part 5

Just Be Cool. Nothing is less cool than making people conform to something they did not think of themselves. They're going to respond much better to a form of pastoring that starts with what they want and then builds around them. What is really cool is that we focus more on appearances and feelings. That… Continue reading Don’t Give In, part 5

Church, General

Don’t Give In, part 4

Can we really know anything anyway? If you listen to what many mainstream scholars are saying, everything about Jesus' life and ministry is kinda up for grabs. We don't know that he did stuff or said stuff, and most of Paul's letters are either misunderstood or not written by him anyway. So, the gospel should really about felt… Continue reading Don’t Give In, part 4

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Don’t Give In, part 3

There's no money in real ministry Sure, you might have the assurance that you are striving to understand the ancient text of the Scriptures and present it to folks so the Spirit of God can use it to transform their lives - but is that skill that will pay the bill? I mean, do you really want to… Continue reading Don’t Give In, part 3

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Don’t Give In , part 2

Might as well give people what they want. Sure. Most people are bored in most churches. But if they are going to a traditional, predictable church then at least they know they can depend on the pastor to show up at their house routinely and any time they want to just talk and talk, they… Continue reading Don’t Give In , part 2