Leave a Church You Love? (by Jarrod Robinson)

Why Would You Ever Leave a Church You Love? (by Jarrod Robinson, Southern Hills Church of Christ, Abilene) My family and I just left a church we loved with all our hearts. It has undoubtedly been one of the most difficult decisions we’ve ever made. Nearly eight years ago my wife, Lauren, and I joined [Read More...]

Parachurch or the Church? And the Church? In the Church

Source: Peter Greer (@peterkgreer) is president and CEO of HOPE International. Chris Horst (@chrishorst) is the vice president of development at HOPE International. Together with the support of Anna Haggard, they coauthored Mission Drift and Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing. They wrote this essay with support from HOPE intern, Andrey Bobrovskiy. … For centuries, the local church [Read More...]

Pray for the Iraqi Christians Today

Source: Iraq’s Christians trace their history to the first century apostles Thomas and Thaddeus. Most are Chaldean Catholics, practicing an Eastern liturgy but recognizing the authority of the Vatican. Many Chaldeans still speak forms of Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus. But because of ISIS, which has now declared a “caliphate” in the region it [Read More...]

Asylum in France

Source: Iraqi Christians forced out of their city after a serious death threat from Islamic militant fanatics have been offered asylum by the Government of France. The Christian community of Mosul, considered one of the oldest in the world, fled the country’s second largest city on 19 July after the Islamic State Group (IS) formerly [Read More...]

Starting Anew in Manchester

Solomon’s temple in Brazil, re-purposing churches into gyms in Quebec, and starting afresh in Manchester England. Anthony Delaney is a retired policeman. Now aged 49, he grew up on a council estate in a rough part of Manchester and joined the Police Cadets at 16, which was “all about outdoor pursuits and the pursuit of [Read More...]

Preserving Churches in Canada

In contrast to the Solomon temple replica in Brazil, the churches of Canada are being re-purposed into gyms. MONTREAL — Weight machines fill the space where once there were pews, and visitors sip nutritional green smoothies, not communion wine. But despite its dramatic transformation into a private gym and spa, the onetime Dominican St. Jude’s [Read More...]

Church Attendance Decline: The Major Reason

Thom Rainer: July 1, 2014 | by Thom Rainer Few people will argue that church attendance in many churches in America is declining. Our own research indicates that the majority of churches in our country are not growing. Most of us have ideas about this development. Many suggest that our nation is shifting away from its [Read More...]

Prayers of [not for] the People

When a church is led by someone praying, often called the intercessor, the prayers are to be the prayers of the people more than prayers for the people, though the intercessor may lead the congregation to pray for people in the congregation or the wider church. In Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher, Shaping the Prayers of the People, [Read More...]

We Are Wired To Be Social (RJS)

Many years ago I was with my then three-year-old daughter at a playground. We were hanging out and playing on the equipment (a far more elaborate set-up than the one shown to the right). Another parent showed up with two three-year-olds, one of them well known to my daughter. She happily went off to play [Read More...]

Churches that Inhale and Exhale

When a MacDonald’s and its patented fast-food approach sought to open up in a new neighborhood in Paris, some locals formed the Slow Food Movement, and this caught on … so we soon had Slow Cities and Slow Money and Slow Gardening and Slow Parenting and Slow Reading and Slow Design and Slow Art and [Read More...]