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”…
A Tragic Death, a Family Rift—and a Chance to Learn the Truth After 55 Years
Young Danny Marcus’s death in 1964 ruptured his family. Decades later, a home DNA test gave them a chance to heal.
Online Basic Buddhism Course through RKINA
Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Center offers an online course on basic teachings of buddhism from the ekayana perspective in English.
Why 734 Pastors Quit (and How Their Churches Could Have Kept Them)
LifeWay Research studies how churches can help pastors last longer.
Why I’m No Longer a United Methodist
Collin Hansen explains why he left the United Methodist Church, currently embroiled in conflict.
Black Youth: What Must Be Done
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan greets young man in Chicago while leading the F.O.I. into the community [Editor’s note: The following text is excerpted from a message delivered by the Honorable Louis Farrakhan at The Final Call Administration Building in Chicago, Ill. on Sept. 30, 1992. The speech was the first message delivered by Minister Farrakhan at The Final Call since the re-acquisition of The National Center, headquarters of the Nation of Islam.] I would like to speak tonight on the subject of the attack on Black youth, especially the attack on young Black men. Why is there an apparent conspiracy to destroy Black youth? What is so different about our youth that they could become the object of a conspiracy from the highest levels of power? Why have they become a generation…
Why the Local Church Really Matters
As we prepare to worship God, it may do us good to pause for just a few moments to consider the local church. What is the church? Why has God…
Faith Church Blog
We talk about love all the time. We ask if our comments were ‘loving’; if our actions were ‘loving’; if we sought to love someone more than ourselves. But have you taken the time to pause and ask, “What does it mean to actually love someone?” I would like to flesh out a definition of love that will help measure all our actions so we can truly tell if what we are doing and saying is ‘loving’ In What Did You Expect , Paul Tripp defines love as willing self-sacrifice for the betterment of another, without any expectation or reciprocity. Willing Love can’t be compelled. If you are being forced to do something, then it can’t be loving. Imagine Jesus going to the cross because God the Father made him do it. Would…
What Does the Bible Say About Drinking Wine?
Read John 2:9. When is it permissible to have a drink?
What These New Catholic Sisters Wish You Knew About Religious Life
"We are human and no more holy than any other person."