“A gang gives you something that nothing in the world or no amount of money can give you: a family, an acceptance,” he said. [Read more…]
Have you ever noticed that Christians speak normally to one another, but when they speak to aloud to God they lapse into a strange language and tone? I call this “prayer-speak” and it’s epidemic in evangelical churches today. Prayer speak sounds like this: Dear God, we need you. God, we just need your love. God, [Read More…]
Men tend to put rules first; women tend to put relationships first. [Read more…]
In the past five years several mainline denominations moved to the left, particularly on issues surrounding relationships, homosexuality and gender identity. In 2009 the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America allowed same-sex marriages. Last summer Presbyterian Church (USA) came within a handful of votes of doing the same, but backed away from the cliff at the [Read More…]
For decades churches have had difficulty engaging young men. Not only are guys under 30 underrepresented in worship services, they’re also largely absent from men’s events. The usual men’s ministry lineup of Bible studies, pancake breakfasts and annual retreats seems to hold little appeal. So what does appeal to young men? Superheroes. Comic books, films [Read More…]
It happened again yesterday. I was attending one of those hip, contemporary churches — and almost no one sang. Worshippers stood obediently as the band rocked out, the smoke machine belched and lights flashed. Lyrics were projected on the screen, but almost no one sang them. A few women were trying, but I saw only [Read More…]
Two religions that put special emphasis on men are America’s fastest growing, according to a recent study. Mormons and Muslims are adding the most members, while mainline Protestants and Catholics continue to shed followers. “The number of Muslim adherents rose to 2.6 million in 2010 from 1 million in 2000, fueled by immigration and conversions,” [Read More…]
This traditional church is growing by about 10 percent a year. The nursery is bursting with children. They recently expanded their sanctuary and parking lots and added a third service to accommodate the crush of people. Their mission and community outreach are broadening.