Signs of Israel

Here are some signs that I have seen in Israel thus far on the trip I am currently on. First, here is a sign I saw posted in the Church of St. Catherine next to the Church of the Nativity: Next, one of my favorites, from the church at Gethsemane, ironic because of its two [Read More...]

Fundamentalist Church History Chart

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Celebrating Star Wars Day in Church

Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You) falls on a Sunday this year. One congregation has decided to mark the occasion with a Star Wars themed service. I am disappointed to say that the congregation in question isn’t my own, but I have no one to blame for that but myself! Apparently this [Read More...]

Cloak Sunday

The service at my church yesterday focused on “Cloak Sunday.” Although it is “Palm Sunday,” the reading was from Luke’s Gospel, which has people strewing clothing before Jesus rather than palm branches. It is interesting to ask whether Luke was aware that the use of palms in the manner depicted would more naturally suggest a [Read More...]

A Church You Can Relate To

Allan Bevere shared the above image on Facebook. It certainly reflects a popular stereotype many conservatives have of liberal churches. But when one looks closely at such claims, a paradox emerges. Supposedly, liberal churches are pandering to the world for the sake of popularity. And yet liberal churches do not seem to be distinctively popular, [Read More...]

Not the Best Spokesperson for Christianity

Then again, the sign did get me to go look at their website and watch a bit of a video, and so if that was the aim, it worked…   [Read more...]

Please Keep Your Head

Jeff Carter shared this photo of a sign at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. Presumably this good advice ought to be posted in all churches?   [Read more...]

“Worship”

I saw the above at the end of a long collection of misused and simply bizarre quotation marks. This one seemed worth singling out and discussing – and as you might guess, not because I want to figure out what the “gazebo” really is. What in your experience makes “worship” deserve scare quotes?   [Read more...]

Is This Blog Church?

Tim Bulkeley blogged about the subject of the church and social capital. He suggests that, if he preaches on his blog to an audience of hundreds worldwide, in addition to those present in a congregation he is physically present with on Sunday, then there has been a gain, not a loss. That got me thinking. [Read More...]

Highway to the Savior Zone

One of the comments on this image on Facebook was “I feel the need…the need for creed.” What other Top Gun allusions can you think of that might fit this photo of sideways church, which does indeed look (with some help from Photoshop, of course) like a military fighter jet?   [Read more...]

PTCS

  David Hayward shared the above cartoon, about coping with post-traumatic church syndrome. It is a real condition. And for victims of abuse, a punching bag – whether literal or metaphorical – can play a crucial role in the healing process. But we also need to be careful. This is one of the reasons abuse [Read More...]


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