Church Shopping Questionnaire

Church Shopping Questionnaire

How many churches are there in the metro area? Even after filtering out churches I know I’m not going to go to based on such things a denomination, location, bible translation, language, demographics, hate-based theologies, etc., there are too many churches left for me to visit them all. So I’m thinking of writing a short questionnaire to get a feel for a church that’s a little more nuanced than most churches post on their websites and could use your help.

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Caedmon’s Tips for Reading the Bible

Caedmon’s Tips for Reading the Bible

3. Verses do not exist. I know your bible is full of thousands of little address markers, but they aren’t actually part of the text. Unfortunately, we tend to make the text slave to the verses instead of letting them be little helper bots. Because of our addiction to analyzing the text like a preserved frog, we need to go cold turkey.

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Bridging the Divides

Bridging the Divides

A friend posted an issue on Facebook that is contentious in church and culture. Comments ensued. Many “sides” were represented, but one person jumped in with a strong “You are lying. That is against Jesus. How dare you call yourself a minister?” sort of message. It’s here that one of two things usually happens in a Facebook discussion:

1. The conversation devolves into hopeless name calling and hair pulling.
2. The “offender” is blocked and comments are deleted.

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Following a Suicidal God

Following a Suicidal God

Our celebrations this weekend as Christians are not celebrations of power and might, but humility and weakness. We celebrate a god who showed by his actions a new way to relate to a broken and corrupted world, who showed a quiet sort of victory scoffed at by nearly all present.

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I am an Introvert

I am an Introvert

I am an introvert. Standing in front of a room full of people with nothing but a guitar and a microphone to hide behind, leading them in worship through song in a manner that is energetic and interactive is not an “extrovert moment,” “letting my inner extrovert out,” or a sign that I am a little bit of both and/or have finally dealt with my introversion and grown up into an extrovert.

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