Raising Hands in Church a Distraction? One Pastor’s Perspective

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My post Why I Don't Raise My Hands in Your Church may have had some readers doubting that any Christians could possibly have a problem with a practice that has become standard worship procedure in worship -- raising hands.Let me stress, I don't have a problem -- provided our focus is on worshipping God sincerely in Spirit and truth and not on conforming to external pressures.I thought one pastor's perspective on this issue was worth discussing as it represents a significant corner of … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Raise My Hands in Your Church

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I know what you’re thinking.If I don’t raise my hands in your church, there’s probably something seriously wrong with the state of my soul. Clearly the Spirit ain’t moving if my hands aren’t lifting, right?OK. So I don’t know what you’re thinking exactly, but after having experienced countless Evangelical worship services and having been harangued by worship leaders to clap more, turn and greet total strangers as if we were long-lost friends, and raise my hands higher (Higher!), I might b … [Read more...]

Why I Left Your Seeker-Friendly Church

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It’s not you. It’s me. That’s why I left your seeker-friendly church.At least that’s what I’m telling everyone. Just to be polite.I know I should just be honest, being a Christian and all, but I’d rather not feel like an evangelical outcast if I can help it. It’s bad enough that I haven’t renewed my subscription to Christianity Today (If we could just keep that between us, I’d appreciate it).But truth be told, I just don’t get what this seeker-friendly church stuff is all about. … [Read more...]

Why I’ve Stopped Showing Up on Time at Your Church

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You may not have noticed, but it seems a lot of people have stopped showing up on time at your church. Maybe you're one of them. Which might explain why you haven't noticed.Noticing that people have stopped showing up on time at church seems to have been what started the, well, I guess you could call it a rant of sorts. It seems some church-going fellow went off  right in the middle of a worship service recently. Stirred things up quite a bit from what I hear. Some conspiracy theorists have … [Read more...]

Zip-Line Pastor Entrances and Skyfall Worship Music

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Well,I thought I had seen it all. Does this zip-line entrance into church by Pastor Rod Parsley qualify as "by any means" or is it a step too far?What's next? Pat Robertson's hair catching on fire while he records a commercial for the 700Club -- while moonwalking?As a pallate cleanser, try out this stirring rendition of "Skyfall" -- by the Granger Community Church worship band. In church. Took me back to my post Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church.Big HT to A Little … [Read more...]

Why I’ve Stopped Singing in Your Church

I love music. Truly I do. I love to sing. But you wouldn't know it on Sunday morning when I'm visiting your church.I'm not talking to all of you, of course. I'm sure many churches, maybe even yours, get it right. I just haven't been there that often, I guess. My experiences with modern worship music in evangelical Christianity often leave me not just silent, but wondering if I should be joining George Bailey in making a quick exit from the agony.To be candid, I know how to behave in y … [Read more...]


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