A few years ago I visited a church that was passionate about prayer. So passionate that they inserted all of their church family’s prayer requests in the bulletin so their members could pray for one another throughout the week.
But as I read through the long list of over 30 prayer requests on the light-blue insert, I started to notice a pattern—Pray for his cancer. Pray for their safe travels. Thank you for her successful surgery.
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Not too long ago, I had a rough, restless day at church. It wasn’t the pastor’s or the musician’s or my fellow worshipers’ fault. Pretty sure it was my fault—even though I have no idea what my problem was. My mind couldn’t focus, I had a hard time listening, and I barely felt like praying along. I started to wonder if I should’ve even gone at all.
I think we all have “bad” days when it comes to faith, the... Read More
John Crist is one of my favorite Christian comedians. I love his bit called “Church Hunters.” He riffs off the show House Hunters, exposing how Christians often church shop.
In this parody, a couple goes from church to church asking selfish, superficial questions about the ministry. They want to know: “Is the church casual, but not too casual.” “Is the pastor funny, but not too funny?” “Is the music contemporary, but not too contemporary?”
The video wouldn’t be so funny... Read More
The church service made him cringe. An every-Sunday churchgoer was out of town for a family function and stopped by a local church to worship.
And the experience was hard to enjoy.
What was so bad about the service? Well, as far as he told me, nothing. The only “problem” I could tell was that the man loved his home church. He loved the people at his church and the music at his church and the use of artistic gifts... Read More
Why don’t you drive 45 mph on the freeway?
If reckless driving can end lives and lead feet can lead to large tickets, why don’t you drive 45 mph when you see the 70 mph sign?
I bet you have some instant answers to that question. First, you’re a busy person, and that speed would not help your to-do list get done. Second, there are other busy people, and slowing down traffic will not help those dads get back to... Read More