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[27 May 2009 | No Comment | 411 views]

I think most Reformed folk have learned habits of worship that effectively constrain the sovereignty of God by adopting highly defined and narrow expectations of the Spirit’s operations. I long for a kind of “Pentecostalized” Reformed spirituality that expects the sovereign Lord to show up in ways that might surprise us.”
James K. A. Smith
“Teaching A Calvinist To Dance” Christianity Today, May 2008

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[10 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 870 views]

Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshiping what’s right with God

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[8 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 599 views]

A Parade Magazine article this past Sunday(12.21.2008) dealt with Spirituality and Health. There were interesting observations made in the article. Here they are:
1. People who attend religious services tend to be healthier than those who do not.
2. Weekly churchgoers have a lower risk of death than those who never set foot inside a place of worship.
3. Research has found that prayer and meditation seem to be associated with improved immune systems and fewer episodes of chronic inflammation.
4. People who identify themselves as more religious reveal lower rates of depression.
5. There …

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[7 Jan 2009 | One Comment | 8,345 views]

Bill Tenny Brittian writes: “When I get called in as a consultant to work with stuck, plateaued, or declining churches I have a couple of things I look for right off the bat. In the vast majority of the cases I discover that their inability to grow, let alone sustain, their membership is caused by one of six issues. And yes, I know this post is called the top FIVE reasons churches don’t grow, but I have to throw in the one stopper for church growth, no matter what else …

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[22 Nov 2008 | No Comment | 340 views]

Elysa Cunningham
Worship in our time has been captured by the tourist mind set.   Worship is understood as a visit to an attractive site to be made when we have adequate leisure.   Form some it’s a weekly trip to church.   For others, an occasional visit to special services.   Some, with a tendency for Christian entertainment and sacred diversion, plan their lives around special events like retreats, rallies and conferences.   We go to see a new personality, to hear a new truth, to get a new experience, …

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[21 Nov 2008 | No Comment | 649 views]

Church Offers ‘Express Worship’ Service for People Too Busy for God
Fast faith initiative draws newcomers but offends other pastors
by Andy Butcher
A Florida church has come up with a novel way of reaching out to those who have no time for God–an express worship service. Family Bible Church in Eustis guarantees its 9 a.m. congregation songs, prayer, announcements, collection and a sermon all within 45 minutes.
The fast-food-for-the-soul program has attracted scores of first-time churchgoers, according to pastor Allen Speegle, who admits that the approach has drawn some criticism for its no-frills, …