Last week I blogged about the conclusions from some Christian observers that membership and attendance in Christian churches is in serious decline. I offered my own “top five” list of attitudes in congregations that can help growth. The 5th was this:
“You aren’t really ready to welcome new people unless you are willing to let them change your style and congregational culture.”
That comment drew some questions and pushback, and so I would like to expand on what I... Read More
Those challenging words are in the title of a new book by Joani and Thom Schultz. Researchers at the Hartford Institute might concur. Here are some of their current stats on religion in America:
Only 40% of Americans say they attend worship services in a given week, but the actual numbers are far worse. Half of the “churchgoing” respondents are lying—the real number is only 20%.
In the three years from 2010 to 2012, half of all churches in America... Read More
On my last two plane flights I was trapped near families that were traveling with very small children. Flying is unpleasant enough these days for grown-ups, and so I am not surprised that a toddler would find the noise, cramped conditions, flight turbulence, and changing cabin air pressure very stressful and would use the ancient response of screaming to demonstrate displeasure. I was trapped. Everyone was trapped. The screeching ricocheted around the narrow walls of our flying tube. I fantasized... Read More
We have six chickens. Just a few weeks ago we bought four chicks. At the beginning of summer we have plans to add some more.
I was raised in the suburbs, so this has been quite the learning experience for me. I’ve turned to the wealth of all knowledge—the Internet—to learn all the ways we have to prepare our current hens to get used to the new ones. Apparently chicken psychology is involved.
There is, literally, a pecking order. If... Read More
Well, another one bit the dust. More accurately, another one was bitten and went back to dust. Rev. Jamie Coots of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus’ Name of Middlesboro, Kentucky, passed away after he was bitten by a poisonous snake during a religious service last month. He and his father were leaders in a movement of Holiness churches in Appalachia that believes that God promises Christians today the power to handle poisonous snakes without harm. His family said that... Read More