“Contemporary” Isn’t A Cuss Word

I am so sick of people laying part of the blame for the church’s decline at the feet of “the contemporary worship experience”. I’m talking about people like Steve McSwain, who said in his article Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore that “It’s been the trend in the last couple of decades for traditional, mainline […]

Gungor And Genesis

As there is a glut of articles flying around the blogosphere about Robin Williams (some good, some bad and some ugly), I’m going to refrain from including my voice in that cacophony. By this point, anything I could say has already been said and, if I said it anyway, would be a transparent attempt to […]

The Real American Religion

It has been said that football, rather than Christianity is the real American religion. But, I’m not so sure I agree with that. In my opinion, the major religion in this country is the worship of Mammon (and you know what the J-man had to say about that). Football is just one of our methods of […]

I Don’t Sing

Today was one of those days when writing didn’t come easy for me. As I was beginning to despair of ever finding a subject, I read a blog post on A Few Grown Men by David Murrow, titled Why Men Have Stopped Singing in Church that brought into focus something that’s been eating at me for quite […]

Words Matter

This morning, I was reading Kimberly Knight’s blog on Patheos. Today’s entry started out “Words matter.” The word that mattered in this case was “sissies”. To put in context, she was talking about a Lenten devotional her church is using this season. In the Ash Wednesday entry, the author said the Ash Wednesday service was “Worship […]

A Completely Different Language

Have you ever noticed that when Christians talk about faith-related things, it seems like they’re speaking a completely different language?  Take prayer for instance.  Usually, if you’re going to let people know you’re about to talk to someone, you’ll say something like “Hey, I’ve gotta talk to Fred for minute”.  But, for some reason, we […]

Other Gods

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3you shall have no other gods before* me. 4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, […]