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.
A Trinity Church, Easton, Guide to General Convention
Same-Sex Marriage: The Task Force on the Study of Marriage , commissioned in 2012, released this report , calling for amendments to the canons to allow clergy to bless same-sex marriages. They also released Dearly Beloved , a guide for hosting conversations about the nature and theology of marriage Restructuring the Episcopal Church: In 2012, The Task Force to Re-Imagine the Episcopal Church (TREC) was commissioned to think broadly about how our Church might order its life to best serve its members, parishes, our communities, and the world. How does our structure serve our mission as Christ's people. A group called " Episcopal Resurrection " also submitted a Memorial to the Church along with resolutions both…
Why Baptists Are Leaving the Local Church
Tom Cheyney & Rodney Harrison, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary discuss issues that churches are facing today. People don't since God's presence, they're looking for Him. They're looking for a sense of joy, a sense of vision, a sense of purpose and a sense of mission. Click the logo to listen
What We Hope You Experience at Christ Community Church
Maybe you have friends who are thinking about visiting with us at Christ Community Church. What should they expect to experience? What can an imperfect people really offer? There’s only one answer: Christ’s perfect love though very imperfect hands. CCC is a community of former enemies reconciled to God and one another through the Gospel... Read this post
Why we will no longer be a welcoming church
We’ve decided to quit being a welcoming church. No kidding. We’re giving it up. Like so many congregations, we’ve sunk an amazing amount of time and energy into becoming a welcoming church. We changed worship styles, trained greeters and ushers, wore name tags, brewed coffee, went to workshops on hospitality and put our friendliest people …
Ten Reasons Why Many Churches Aren’t Evangelistic (Update)
So what are most of our churches in North America communicating to the world with our self-centeredness and lack of evangelistic fervor? It’s simple...
The Truth Project
View in "High Quality". What is Truth? Who is God? Who is Man? What is a worldview? Do you really believe that what you believe is really real? Only 9 percen...
Why I am a CBF Baptist
By Heather Burke Well, my knee-jerk response is to say, “The SBC wouldn’t have me.” I’m a woman ordained to the gospel ministry. I don’t like other people telling me who God made me to be. God and …
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”…
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…