Why churches are stage-driven

Stage Driven

Most churches program a series of low-risk, stage-driven activities such as worship services, classes and seminars. These allow people to learn about their faith without actually practicing it. [Read more...]

Is self-esteem wrecking church attendance?

Self Esteem Man

A generation bathed in self-esteem is having a hard time integrating into institutional Christianity. [Read more...]

Preaching to fill time

Clock

Many a time I’ve heard a pastor make a powerful, life-changing point. I’ve thought to myself, “That’s it! He’s done. I’m ready to respond.” Yet he continues to speak. A sacred moment is lost. [Read more...]

The altar girl controversy

Cassock

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?

Mr. First-on-his-feet

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

The Salvation Army’s man problem

Salvation Army Officers

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

ArmyBoots

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...]


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