Exposing the liturgy of the Mega Church

I love liturgy. I really do, there are few things in life that get me more excited then exploring how different elements of liturgy reflect the message of the Gospel.Some times my friends in the Evangelical world get on my case about my love for liturgy. They claim that following forms breeds dead religion.My response is that every church has set ways they do things, traditional liturgy simply establishes meaningful well thought out forms.I ran into this video today via Jesus Creed. The video is … [Read more...]

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Where did your brand of religion come from?

Fellow blogger and Orthodox know-it-all Silouan Thompson recently pointed out the following story to me from Diana Butler Bass' book A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story. For those of you who don't know Bass I posted a little on her a while back.I can't say I've ever run into this myself, but I do think it's difficult for many of us who come from churches of the reformation to square our view of the church, and the reality that for much of Christian history people … [Read more...]

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Changed into God… Reflections on Theosis

A few weeks ago I was driving to Michigan from my home in Chicago. I was excited to see my family there, and also my wife who had gone before me a few days. I love seeing my family. There is no other group of people that reflect who I am. I am a little like my Mother, a little like my brothers, a little like my sister, more like my Father then I care to admit, and I am quite a bit like my wife, Joan. This is true of all of us. We have lived with our families for large portions of our lives. Over … [Read more...]

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Changed into God… Reflections on Theosis

A few weeks ago I was driving to Michigan from my home in Chicago. I was excited to see my family there, and also my wife who had gone before me a few days. I love seeing my family. There is no other group of people that reflect who I am. I am a little like my Mother, a little like my brothers, a little like my sister, more like my Father then I care to admit, and I am quite a bit like my wife, Joan. This is true of all of us. We have lived with our families for large portions of our lives. Over … [Read more...]

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Book Review: ReChurch by Stephen Mansfield

I have heard of Stephen Mansfield for a number of years. He became well known after publishing The Faith of George W. Bush. Although I had never read it I heard quite a great deal about it. On one side I head voices condemn it as propaganda, and a revisionist account of American history. On the other hand people held it up as proof that there was a committed Christian in the White House, which was a good reason to support President Bush. As the years went on Mansfield wrote books many other … [Read more...]

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Facts about Global Christianity

Here are some interesting figures from Mark Noll's The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith.:• This past Sunday it is possible that more Christian believers attended church in China than in all of so-called “Christian Europe.” Yet in 1970 there were no legally functioning churches in all of China; only in 1971 did the communist regime allow for one Protestant and one Roman Catholic Church to hold public worship services, and this was mostly a concession t … [Read more...]

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Icons in the Modern (and Postmodern) World

“Use a glass mirror to see your face; use works of art to see your soul”- George Bernard ShawContents of this ArticleIntroductionHistory of iconsDivergence in Art and PracticeIconoclasm in the 8th and 9th CenturyThe Emergence of the Modern EraLutherans and iconsReform Churches and IconsAnglicans and IconsThe Radical Reformaton and iconsIcons in the "Modern" Catholic churchIcons in the "Modern" Eastern churchBearing the image of God in a Post-Modern WorldFor many Christians in the west today the p … [Read more...]

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How much do you know about the Christian World view?

This video is pretty sweet...I'd love to hear what people have to say about it! http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=8896410&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1Radical Marxist, Radical Womanist, Radical Love: What Mother Teresa Taught Me about Social Justice from The Veritas Forum on Vimeo. … [Read more...]

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10 tools to invigorate the Liturgy of the Hours

The first time someone show me the Liturgy of the Hours my first thought was, "you must be joking." I couldn't understand why anyone would choose to pray in such a complicated way. My Bible had one ribbon, this thing had half a dozen and the person had put bookmarks in it to boot. At that point my response was thanks, but no thanks. In the next few years I came to realize that I could use more prayer in my life, and I bought my own copy of Christian Prayer and started trying to decipher … [Read more...]

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