Church competition

More from Methodist minister Morgan Guyton’s post entitled “Six Ways that Capitalism Fails the Church.”  He discusses competition between churches, the way churches “with bling” take members away from churches “without bling.” [Read more…]

It’s still Easter!

G.C. McLoughlin
G.C. McLoughlin
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It’s still Easter, and it will be for 40 days, corresponding to the 40 days that the risen Jesus was with his disciples until His Assumption into Heaven.  So we should still revel in this season, and I’m going to be putting up more Easter posts.

G. C. McLoughlin shows why St. John Chrysostom was called “Chrysostom”–that is, “golden-mouthed”–by quoting from his exuberant, joyful homily that is read at Easter matins in the Orthodox church. [Read more…]

Smoking to the Glory of God?

Have you heard about this book?  The Christian Gentleman’s Smoking Companion: A Celebration of Smoking to the Glory of God.  Jonathan Binnie, who told me about it, says that his brother attends a church that has a “men’s cigar outreach ministry.”  It’s called “El Lector,” after the practice in Cuba of having somebody reading a book out loud to the cigar-rollers as they work.  They have readings, as everybody smokes their stogies, or a speaker, as here.  See a description of the book after the jump.

What do you think of this?  Is it an exercise of Christian freedom or promoting an extremely unhealthy habit?  Is it a good way of reaching men or an example of churchifying what is properly secular?

Actually, this sounds kind of like the Men’s Club of our congregation back in Wisconsin, with its very traditional ethnic customs, which consisted largely of sitting around drinking beer, eating cannibal sandwiches, and playing Sheepshead. [Read more…]

The world’s most Christian nation. . .

. . .is soon to be China, according to scholars who project that in ten years the still-Communist country will have 160 million Protestants (the USA has 159 million) and in 15 years 247 million Christians in all, more than any other nation. [Read more…]

Moralistic consumerism

Methodist minister Morgan Guyton has written a post entitled “Six Ways that Capitalism Fails the Church.”  His main point has to do not so much with free market economics as with the way the marketing and consumer mentality is distorting how churches operate.  I don’t agree with a great deal of what he says, but after the jump, I quote him on what he calls “moralistic consumerism.” [Read more…]

British Lutherans get a Coat of Arms

A story that you may have to be British, an Anglophile, or Canadian (or possibly Australian) to fully appreciate.  There is a small but sturdy Lutheran church in Great Britain, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England (ELCE), with which the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod is in fellowship.  Its theological institute is the Westfield House at Cambridge University.  (I know a number of Americans who have studied there.)  Well, Westfield House has been granted its own Coat of Arms by the Crown.  Here it is, with an explanation after the jump:

Westfield House's new Coat of Arms.

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