Catholic churches in the past were immediately recognizable by their exterior grandeur as well as their interior parts; today, that may not be as true — but there are still …
What to do when your church changes
These days in my retirement ministry, most of the churches where I’m invited to preach have these things in common… –Almost no man wears a necktie or suit. –On the platform you find all kinds of musical instruments. –Huge screens are mounted on the front walls, where the words of songs and scripture are projected. –Many people in the congregation read Scripture from their phones. –Worship leaders are often wearing jeans and sneakers. –In the announcements, you hear of mission trips to foreign countries, regardless of the size of the church. –Fewer and fewer hymns are being sung, and when the old ones are brought out, they’re given new treatments. Mostly, though, what’s being sung in worship was written in the past 10 or 12 years. –Churches announce on their outside signs “blended”…
How Can I Know I’m a Child of God? Three Minute Clip on Assurance
If the Holy Spirit is leading you to kill your sin and become more dependent on Jesus, you may know you are a child of God.
Why 734 Pastors Quit (and How Their Churches Could Have Kept Them)
LifeWay Research studies how churches can help pastors last longer.
Top 25 Hymns Lutherans Love to Sing
The worship arts department keeps track of the music that is sold, downloaded, and licensed. Based upon that information these are the top twenty-five hymns that Lutherans love to sing. Are your favorites listed here? What are your favorite hymns to sing Hymn Title 656/657 725 525 556 922 594 461 533 685 655 465 617 395 449/450 805 790 332 636 644 Lois Just As I Am Without One Plea? At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing? Chief of Sinners? I Come, O Savior, to Thy Table? Love Divine, All Loves Excelling? Abide with Me? Come, Thou Fount of ev’ry blessing? Go to dark Gethsemane? What a friend we have in Jesus? My hope is built on nothing less? See This Wonder in the Making? I’d like to vote for a top…
Church's top communications exec to retire next year
The Rev. Larry Hollon helped lead The United Methodist Church into digital communications on a variety of fronts.
18 ways to be more United Methodist in ‘18
From riding a horse to studying the Bible, we offer ways to grow as a Christian and to connect with our United Methodist heritage in the New Year.
Why Aren’t You Doing That?
Although he was born Jewish, Matt Simon never really took to the Jewish faith. It was always something that was more important to others – like his grandparents. He attended temple twice a year for the high holidays and had his Bar Mitzvah at 13, but the Jewish faith was never a true part of his life Sometime later, Matt married a Catholic woman who had grown up with Catholicism her whole life, and so they decided to raise their two kids in the Catholic faith. He attended church with his wife and kids on the few occasions that they attended, but never really felt a part of the Catholic Church. When the kids were a little older he made a decision to convert to Catholicism as he felt that he wanted to…
Religious understanding of transgender issues
The Boy Scouts of America announced on Jan. 30, 2017, that, “Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the…
How to Keep Millennials Coming to Church
The reality is that fewer and fewer millennials are going to church—but there are some things you can do to help this.