Decorate your church with men in mind

Stag

The typical church is decorated grandma-style: Quilted banners and silk flower arrangements adorn church lobbies. More quilts, banners, and ribbons cover the sanctuary walls, complemented with fresh flowers on the altar, a lace doily on the Communion table, and boxes of Kleenex under every pew. Hallways are covered with handmade signs, photo collages, or school-type bulletin boards that suggest a kindergarten classroom. [Read more...]

Has this book changed your church/ministry?

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Have you read “Why Men Hate Going to Church”? Has it borne fruit in your church and ministry? If so, tell me about it. [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

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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...]

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...]

Stop telling me to fall in love with Jesus

InLovesquare

When I think of my faith, I do not see it as a love affair. I don’t envision myself sitting across a table in a candlelit restaurant, staring into Jesus’ eyes, casually flirting with him. I don’t picture myself walking hand-in-hand on a beach, opening a love note from Jesus, or climbing into bed next to him. [Read more...]


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