Arizona pastor jailed for hosting Bible studies in his home?

FROM TORONTO SUN: EXCERPT: A Phoenix, Ariz., man is in jail for hosting a Bible study group in his home. Pastor Michael Salman starting serving 60 days on Monday after city officials said his weekly meetings were akin to church services, which violated several building codes. “Bible studies are not allowed to be conducted in [Read More...]

Becoming Great in the Social Sector (church)

The following is a book review/overview. I’d like to hear your thoughts on the concepts presented… In his book “Good to Great and the Social Sectors: why business thinking is not the answer,” Jim Collins begins with the provocative statement: “We must reject the idea–well–intentioned, but dead wrong–that the primary path to greatness in the [Read More...]

My experience at a Coptic (Egyptian) Orthodox Church

Provide a brief description of the congregation’s composition.  Would you classify it as being homogeneous in any social, ethnic, economic, or age category?  Or is the group heterogeneous?  What seems to draw these people to this worshiping community? This church is nearly homogenous in its ethnic category.  Coptic Christians are uniquely connected to Egyptian culture.  [Read More...]

Thin Places and the Missional Church: Practices that shape intentional faith communities

When I attended / taught a seminar at Soularize this past October, I had the opportunity to hang out with several like-minded people that I’d only known on the web. One such person is a great guy named Jon Huckins. He writes prolifically, especially on issues surrounding the violence in the Holy Land (check out [Read More...]