Doubt is a Wide Open Space

I’m due to read and blog about Crystal St. Marie Lewis’ book of “doubter’s devotions” called By The Waters of Babylon. In the meantime, let me share this sample from its contents, which Crystal shared on her blog a while back: We think of our churches as houses of faith, and we do so as if faith [Read More…]

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Church of the Beatitudes (No Guns, Please)

I was really struck by the juxtaposition of two signs on the site of the Church of the Beatitudes:   “Blessed are the Peacemakers” is one of the beatitudes. Most of the people who visit the site are Christian pilgrims. Isn’t it jarring – even to gun-loving American Christians – that visitors to the site [Read More…]

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Who or What Makes Science Difficult?

I often like Non Sequitur comics very much. But this one is simply wrong. There certainly have been individuals who have stood in the way of scientists, motivated by their narrow religious beliefs. But to suggest that that is typical either historically or in the present day flies in the face of the evidence. There [Read More…]

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A Service of “Sacred” Music/Rock Prayers

I’m not sure what to call the service that we’ve put together for next Sunday at Crooked Creek Baptist Church. But the service will feature a lot of music that we’ve never performed in church before, as well as several songs that we have included at least once. We’ll start with “O Sacred Head Now [Read More…]

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Choosing the Hymns

I really like this cartoon about hymns by Dave Walker. It mirrors my own experience in other non-Anglican church contexts as well, although the cardboard numbers are not an issue in other traditions. I’ve enjoyed introducing the congregation not only to new music in the strict sense, but also to old but unfamiliar music. And I enjoy [Read More…]

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Lack of Faith

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Flipping the Church

I found myself reflecting recently on the ways we count “attendance” in relation to church congregations. Why do we focus on Sunday morning worship services, and not how many come to the community breakfast, or other things. And indeed, what is the meaning of the Sunday morning service, which was designed to convey information in [Read More…]

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Too Bad The House of One Probably Won’t Have A Bar

My attention was drawn to the plan to build a combined church/mosque/synagogue in Berlin, to be called the “House of One.” I suspect that it will not have a bar, given Muslim opposition to alcoholic beverages. But it’s a pity, because there is so much potential for them to use jokes about a priest, a rabbi, [Read More…]

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Rock Prayers

I’ve floated the idea of doing a service of rock and roll prayers at my church. Here are the songs that I think would work for it. Can you suggest others? U2, “40” Peter Gabriel, “In Your Eyes” Mr. Mister, “Kyrie” Styx, “Show Me The Way” Foreigner, “I Want to Know What Love Is” Mike [Read More…]

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An Act of Love

Rev. Frank Schaefer has drawn to my attention that a movie is being made about his experience. Some of you may recall when Schaeffer faced censure by his denomination for officiating at his own son’s same-sex wedding. The movie will be called An Act of Love. If you are interested in supporting the project, there is [Read More…]

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The Church of the Latter-Day Geeks

One of the disadvantages of not living in Australia is not being able to go to Rev. Avril Hannah-Jones’ church for their annual sci-fi and fantasy service. For a sense of the church’s outlook apart from their love of science fiction, take a look at this recent post from Avril’s blog.   [Read more…]

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