The altar girl controversy

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Star of the Sea parish in San Francisco recently pulled the plug on its 20-year-long experiment with altar girls. The media saw this as a simple case of discrimination. But there’s more to the story… [Read more...]

Will individualism kill corporate worship?

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If we come together to do our own thing, why even come together? [Read more...]

The Salvation Army’s man problem

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Did you realize the Salvation Army is a church? It’s a denomination, just like Baptist or Methodist or Presbyterian. Salvationists hold weekly worship services. They have singing. Sermons. Socializing. But what they don’t have is many men. [Read more...]

Church builds on a military model

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It’s led by a general, not a bishop. New members must sign a declaration of faith and practice known as Articles of War. And each member is referred to as a soldier. Sounds like some weird cult, doesn’t it? So what’s the name of this unusual church? [Read more...]

How to not be a hypocrite in 2015

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As we enter 2015, I’d like to suggest a simple, 100% effective way to avoid becoming a hypocrite. [Read more...]

Why we blame institutions (including church) for everything

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In the past fifty years our collective understanding of liability has changed radically. We used to blame individuals when things went bad – now we blame institutions. And that has serious implications for the church – because, whether we like it or not, the church is one of Western civilization’s bedrock institutions. [Read more...]

Archery-based church targets men

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What happens when you put an archery range inside an abandoned grocery store and call it a church? [Read more...]


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