Election 2012: 5 Things I Don’t Understand about Christians Who Voted for Obama

"God is in control." Well, duh.I've heard this refrain reminding of God's sovereignty countless times now since Election 2012 as a mantra to console evangelical Christians and religious conservatives bemoaning the recent win by Barack Obama. Contrary to what some seem to have concluded from my posts "It's the End of America as We Know It"  or "We Are All Victims Now, Mr. President," I have never doubted for a moment that God was, is, and will always be in control.But Scripture also de … [Read more...]

Why Pastors Dared the IRS to Restrict Religious Freedom

Across the nation this past Sunday, October 8, about 1,600 pastors told the IRS to go to – well, let’s just say they gave notice of non-compliance in defense of religious freedom. In an annual event that began in 2008, pastors preached sermons from the pulpit that offered Biblical critiques of specific candidates’ political positions in violation of the Johnson Amendment of 1954. Read the CNN account here.Videos of many of the sermons were then sent to the IRS as pastors dared them to act. Thei … [Read more...]

You Don’t Have to Be a Christian to Cause Trouble

We've all heard the incessant reminders that Christians should be champions at turning the other cheek, perfecting the art of being meek and quiet, and living at peace with everyone.Yet the early church of Acts quickly learned what we would do well to remember today. You don't have to be a Christian to cause trouble -- but it sure helps.That's not to say we should make it our aim to stir up strife. I've know a few believers who seemed to think it their duty to do just that.My reading of … [Read more...]

Separation of Church and State — At a Water Park? Really?

You want to swim?Sorry. You're going to have to pay more.All you church people who want to swim with your church youth groups in Willow Springs Water Park in Little Rock, Arkansas, are going to have to pay more thanks to complaints from a non-profit that serves children but is not a church. Eager not to miss an opportunity to evangelize, an humanistic group has also jumped in with both feet, seeking to impress their secular faith upon the private business owner.You can read the entire … [Read more...]

Why I’ll Never Stop Singing In Your Church

You read that right. I'll never stop singing in your church. Never.I know. Shocker. I'm the guy who wrote Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church not long ago and stepped unwittingly into what some have called "worship wars."Not my intention. If that's how you look at it, consider this a white flag.I was just voicing frustrations that had been brewing for the last decade or so. It seems as if there are a lot of others who've felt the same way. You might have been one of them. But … [Read more...]

Here’s a Quick Plan for Great Worship Music in Your Church

Worship Week nears its end with our final guest post of the week on Bill in the Blank at Patheos. Today's post comes from Josh Brahm, a writer and speaker with Right to Life CA, a podcaster, and part-time worship music leader. You can connect with him via Facebook. Today's guest post is a response to Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church:As a young worship leader, I have a lot of common ground with Bill’s article on worship. In fact, some of the hallmarks of the way we do worship music at m … [Read more...]

Who Else Wants to Be a Whistleblower in Church?

Worship Week continues here on Bill inthe Blank at Patheos with a guest post by Barbara Buzzard claiming I am a whistleblower in the church. You can find out more about her family's ministry mission here. Today's guest post is a response to Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church:I am very grateful to the writer for his honesty.He has a kindred spirit here. I once heard a pastor say that he wanted us to get "mellow" via the music before his sermon. Not me. Mellow is the last thing I want to … [Read more...]

Why Good Church Music Is So Hard to Find

Worship Week continues on Bill in the Blank at Patheos with a post by Keith Guilford. You can connect with him on Twitter or leave a comment below. This guest post is in response to Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church:The current American Evangelical culture seems to have become quite different than the secular American culture, but really the similarities are striking. While one culture might read books by famous pastors or TV evangelists and the other about 50 shades of light black, both … [Read more...]


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