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...]


  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...]

You Are Welcome Here

Via Claudia Christian on Facebook.   [Read more...]

Katherine Jefferts Schori C. S. Lewis Legacy Lecture

Episcopal Cafe shared the above lecture delivered at Westminster College by the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church USA. It touches on subjects of creation, science, and meaning. [Read more...]

Core Religious Beliefs

Via Jeremy Myers [Read more...]

Church of the Future

Dave Walker’s latest, as it appeared in Church Times. HT Al Pinto on Facebook. [Read more...]

Come Join The Fun

Christian Piatt shared the above example of poor Bible camp sign placement in a recent post, which was mostly a collection of inappropriate church signs full of double entendre. One can explore the mixed message in the sign above on multiple levels. Many churches seem to be lifeless. Often our activities are not fun, even [Read More...]

Mr. Putin Goes to Church

On Tuesday, Nadieszda Kizenko, Patrick Michelson, and Paul Valliere spoke at Butler about religion and freedom of expression in Russia, focusing on the now famous case of the punk band Pussy Riot and their “Punk Prayer” video that got so much attention on Facebook. The video of the lecture is now available, and I want to [Read More...]

Authorized Jesus Dealer

My pastor used the phrase “Authorized Jesus Dealer” in his sermon this past Sunday, and it seemed to me to be worth sharing, and turning into a sign (as I did below). The sermon, as you might have guessed, was about Mark 9:38-41. It is a passage which most people who claim to have a [Read More...]