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5 Ways Your Church Can Keep Families Together
5 Ways Your Church Can Keep Families Together

By: Christina Embree
Many churches want to find ways to incorporate more times for families to stay together in worship, but these congregations don't know where to start. Here are 5 ways your church can make it happen.

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How You Can Phase Out Nationalistic Worship and Survive
How You Can Phase Out Nationalistic Worship and Survive

By: Roger Olson
For some churches, their patriotic God-and-country worship service at Independence Day is a proverbial sacred cow. How can pastors phase out these nationalistic worship services without losing their pulpits?

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6 Ways Your Church Can Get Father's Day Right
6 Ways Your Church Can Get Father's Day Right

By:Julie Ball
In many churches, Father's Day gets scant attention while Mother's Day is a big deal. Many don't get it. Here are six ideas to help your church get it right on Father's Day and throughout the year.

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4 Ways Your Church Can Give Dads Their Due
4 Ways Your Church Can Give Dads Their Due

By: Doug Dortch
Father's Day doesn't get the attention it deserves. Rather than view it as a cultural accommodation, churches can touch on the practical ways that dads might live into their God-given roles and responsibilities.

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How Your Church Benefits from Planning Liturgy
How Your Church Benefits from Planning Liturgy

By: Molly T. Marshall
Worship is not for spectators. It's more than the regular work of the choir, musicians and pastoral staff. When churches observe the Christian year, they open up space for creative artistry in all the congregants.

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3 Principles to Help You Navigate Memorial Day Service
3 Principles to Help You Navigate Memorial Day Service

By: Charles McGathy
The Memorial Day worship service can fill worship leaders with dread. The challenge is to focus worship on the Prince of Peace while realizing many in the church expect patriotic elements in the service.

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6 Reasons That Music is Vital to Genuine Worship
6 Reasons That Music is Vital to Genuine Worship

By: David Kerrigan
Worship can teach us theology and draws us into the presence of God, but sometimes it falls flat. So what are the hallmarks of the best of sung worship? Here are six characteristics.

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Ways to Worship When Christmas Day Falls on Sunday
Ways to Worship When Christmas Day Falls on Sunday

By: Jerrod Hugenot
With a low church attendance expected when this Christmas Day arrives on a Sunday, what can smaller churches do? One solution could be this different way to try out a Christmas Day hymn sing.

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Celebrate Religious Liberty: Exercise Your Freedom to Worship
Celebrate Religious Liberty: Exercise Your Freedom to Worship

By: Barry Howard
Religious liberty allows people to worship freely without fear of persecution and protects citizens from compulsory religious participation. It's also a freedom we too often take for granted.

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The Fundamental Problem With Modern Worship
The Fundamental Problem With Modern Worship

By: Michael Shaw
Modern worship has become a privatized experience that does not lead into care and concern for others, but our own personal edification. That is not Christian worship.

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Many of Us Share Guilt in Exalting False God of Football
Many of Us Share Guilt in Exalting False God of Football

By: Ferrell Foster
Football has become one of our nation's modern-day false gods. We have gotten so out of hand with football that we are putting the safety and well-being of women at risk.

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What Moms Need from Church on Mother's Day (and Every Day)
What Moms Need from Church on Mother's Day (and Every Day)

By: Julie Ball
Many churches are planning how to observe Mother's Day on Sunday. Not all mothers need to stand up and be recognized in church. Instead, here are 7 things your church can do every day for moms.

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Bringing Back the Bible to Our Churches
Bringing Back the Bible to Our Churches

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
The reading of the Scriptures had been downgraded in our churches and our homes. Our congregations are becoming increasingly biblically illiterate. Therefore, we need to bring back the Bible to church.

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What Jesus Wants from Us More Than Worship
What Jesus Wants from Us More Than Worship

By: Griff Martin
We're pretty good at worshipping Jesus, but he desires more from us. He desires obedience. In other words, imitating his life, taking his teachings and living and making them our teachings and livings.

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Singing in the Darkness: A Christmas Tradition?
Singing in the Darkness: A Christmas Tradition?

By: Zach Dawes
The recent tragic headlines cannot overpower the love and joy we experience as we celebrate Christmas. Both traditional and little-known holiday songs reflect God's powerful love.

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In Fractured Times, Don't Take Your Eyes Off the Prize
In Fractured Times, Don't Take Your Eyes Off the Prize

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Zephaniah, a biblical prophet, spent much of his time railing against the excesses of the day. We live in no less fractured times. Zephaniah reminds people of faith to keep our eyes on the prize.

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Ecumenical Service at Cathedral Spotlights Faith, Climate Change
Ecumenical Service at Cathedral Spotlights Faith, Climate Change

By: Brian Kaylor
As diplomats meet in Paris for climate change talks, faith leaders from several denominations and nations gathered at the Notre Dame Cathedral for a special worship service focused on climate change.

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4 Lessons to Move Your Church to Engaging Worship
4 Lessons to Move Your Church to Engaging Worship

By: Mark Tidsworth
Not long ago, faith communities argues over the correct worship style. Today, far more than style, we know engaging worship requires authenticity, genuineness, engagement and risk-taking.

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3 Reasons People Over 60 Leave Your Church
3 Reasons People Over 60 Leave Your Church

By: Joe LaGuardia
Many churches are throwing out all the stops to reach young adults. In a church market flooded with young adult-friendly options, the older generation is being left behind.

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Intergenerational Worship Can Anchor Your Church's Youth
Intergenerational Worship Can Anchor Your Church's Youth

By: Christina Embree
Young people often leave church because they have no connection to the larger church body. While there's no magic bullet, intergenerational worship can provide that link.

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Why Sacred Time, Space are Vital to Your Worship
Why Sacred Time, Space are Vital to Your Worship

By: Drew Smith
Both sacred time and space are vital to authentic worship and can function to draw us into the experience of God. Sadly, in efforts to be relevant, some churches have lost a sense of sacred time and space.

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Why Worship Must Make Room for All Our Feelings
Why Worship Must Make Room for All Our Feelings

By: Julie Ball
In "Inside Out," one emotion, Joy, tries to be the dominant emotion in the head of an 11-year-old girl. And that can be the problem with worship when we want it to be filled with joy. Every. Single. Moment.

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4 Elements of Genuine Worship
4 Elements of Genuine Worship

By: Drew Smith
The strongest obstacle to the life-changing experience of God in worship is our own self-centeredness and self-absorption. So what do we need to do to experience genuine worship?

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Could Christian Worship Be Regarded as Hate Speech?
Could Christian Worship Be Regarded as Hate Speech?

By: Rob Hewell
Any person or group who holds a position deemed to be exclusivist and found to be offensive might be said to hold beliefs that are hateful toward others. Could that one day apply to Christian worship?

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The Difference Between True and False Worship
The Difference Between True and False Worship

By: Michael Shaw
At the heart of false worship is that it is all about us, all about what God can do for us, a warm feeling of self-satisfaction. By contrast, true worship hurts because it changes things for us and others around us.

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Why Some Christians See Jesus Like Ricky Bobby Does
Why Some Christians See Jesus Like Ricky Bobby Does

By: Justin Smith
Like Ricky Bobby in "Talladega Nights," many Christians like "the Christmas Jesus best." We're called, however, to joyfully follow Jesus in every season and through any circumstance.

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Martin Luther King – Church Buildings as Political Spaces
Martin Luther King – Church Buildings as Political Spaces
By: Brian Kaylor
In his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," Martin Luther King Jr. noted that churches with their fancy buildings had become a "social club" more concerned with their status than with standing up for moral truths.
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Why Churches are Best Social Melting Pots in Britain
Why Churches are Best Social Melting Pots in Britain
By: Jon Kuhrt
Despite its failings and struggles, the church has within its DNA a commitment to be diverse and inclusive. It's a commitment that is anchored in a belief in everyone's value before God.
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Learning From Hymns When You Disagree with Lyrics
Learning From Hymns When You Disagree with Lyrics
By: Roger Olson
Worship planners and leaders must think of hymns as theological expressions and choose them with discernment, especially when the lyrics may be obscure to most people.
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Cultivating Selflessness in Worship in Global Gatherings
Cultivating Selflessness in Worship in Global Gatherings
By: Neville Callam
When Baptist World Alliance members gather for their annual meeting, not everyone speaks English. The BWA ensures that non-English speakers don't feel like second-class participants.
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Why Real Worship Should Move You to Tears
Why Real Worship Should Move You to Tears
By: Bill Wilson
Genuine worship should evoke a humility that's missing in many Christians. What will it take for us to be swept into a spirit of unity that moves us to shed tears of joy at the altar?
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A Joyful Noise
Some of us may be able to sing on key, but we are all out of tune with God and with others. We may approach the gates of worship wearing our best, but God ultimately sees our brokenness and inability to be righteous. We may arrive at the courts of this sanctuary and sing hymns with an angelic voice, but God’s Spirit ultimately hears the cacophonous cries of our heart.
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Offering Pastoral Comfort, Prophetic Witness on Memorial Day
Offering Pastoral Comfort, Prophetic Witness on Memorial Day
By: Zach Dawes
Memorial Day offers churches an opportune time to practice Jesus' call to love our enemies, to be peacemakers and to reach beyond the boundaries by which we are too often constrained.
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A Definition of Worship to Guide Your Life
A Definition of Worship to Guide Your Life
By: James Gordon
The submission of all our nature and the integration of all our life into adoration and self-giving love describes a deep rootedness of mind and soul in the love of God. That's the core of worship.
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Is Your Church's Worship Like a Grounded Goose?
Is Your Church's Worship Like a Grounded Goose?
By: Chuck Queen
Authentic worship involves bringing a certain vitality and energy into our worship. This calls not only for a focused discipline and practice but this also involves flexibility and fluidity.
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Church Trends: What's Trending in Local Churches?
Church Trends: What's Trending in Local Churches?
By: Zach Dawes
Four Baptist leaders shared their insights about the trends they saw in church life. Their top trends center on technology, staffing changes brought on by economic factors, and an altered focus on missions.
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Your Church Doesn't Need Gov't Approval to Fulfill Mission
Your Church Doesn't Need Gov't Approval to Fulfill Mission
By: Rob Hewell
More than half of all Americans and 70 percent of Protestant senior pastors believe religious liberty is waning. However, the church doesn't need government protection to be faithful to God.
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10 Thoughts for Realistic Expectations for Music Ministry
10 Thoughts for Realistic Expectations for Music Ministry
Many who lead in music and worship ministry are the recipients of an obscene amount of vitriol, anger, criticism and unreasonable expectations. Here are 10 thoughts to keep expectations realistic.
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9 Observations about Danger of Civil Religion
9 Observations about Danger of Civil Religion
Civil religion develops as a nation-state seeks validation from the church for its establishment and ambitions. It should never be confused with biblical Christianity.
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4 Reasons Parents Should Make Children Attend Church
4 Reasons Parents Should Make Children Attend Church

All parents have struggled with the fear that they could make their children hate church if they forced them to go. Here are 4 grace-filled reasons for taking your kids to church.

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Caution, Courage Needed to Plan Fourth of July Worship
Caution, Courage Needed to Plan Fourth of July Worship
Our country has a checkered history when it comes to conflating nationalism with Christianity. Baptists, however, have a proud history of standing for church-state separation.
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Patriotism in Worship: The Fine Art of Compromise
Patriotism in Worship: The Fine Art of Compromise

A simmering debate rages on the matter of expressed patriotism evidenced by the display of the U.S. flag within a house of worship. Is a workable compromise possible?

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How to Plan Patriotic Sundays for Your Church
How to Plan Patriotic Sundays for Your Church
On Independence Day, some churches combine worship and civic celebration in incredibly tacky ways. But it can be done in a way to remind all where true liberty originates.
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How Your Church Can Discover Authentic Worship
How Your Church Can Discover Authentic Worship
Everyone seeks a church that really worships, that really knows how to praise God. While we don't know exactly what worship is, we are always quick to point out what it isn't.
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The Song of the Lamb
Our singing is an act of holy worship to the One who is both the kingly Lion and the sacrificial Lamb. Our song is a witness to our belief that there is no one else who is worthy of our worship and praise. Therefore, with joyful abandon, let us join the heavenly hosts in singing: “To the One who sits on the throne and to the Lamb, be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”
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Church Musicians – Worship Leaders or Performers?
Church Musicians – Worship Leaders or Performers?
As church musicians, the ultimate goal of presenting our best talents to God during worship is not to draw the spotlight on ourselves but to reflect the spotlight so that it shines on God.
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Creating Worship for People with Learning Disabilities
Creating Worship for People with Learning Disabilities
Not all Christians find comfort in church services. For folks with learning disabilities, places, like the Open Praise Project, offer an alternative to mainstream church.
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Great Themes of the Bible: Service
It is one of the great themes and it is one of the great life-giving themes of scripture. This is life: to worship Christ—to worship, to give ourselves in these moments as much as we can offer ourselves up, and then to receive the confirmation of the spirit and to be a part of God’s work in this world. It is the key and the path to abundant life that Jesus has promised. We have worshipped, now let us serve.
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Great Themes of the Bible: Worship
Let us each give to God that sacred time and that sacred space so that our lives can be directed at him, and that every day, every place and in every way, our hearts would be giving worship and praise to the God who made us.
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In Greece, Thankful to Count Taxis and to Worship
In Greece, Thankful to Count Taxis and to Worship
Many of us gave thanks last week for our long-held freedoms, but folks in Greece are grateful that, unlike a generation ago, they are free to worship – and to count the taxis.
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Being the Church: Sent for Mission
During uncertain and anxious times, the church is tempted to batten down the hatches and withdraw from the world. But it is precisely during times like these that God calls forth men and women to send them on mission for the good of the world.
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What Do Our Souls Crave in Worship?
What Do Our Souls Crave in Worship?
Worship falls flat for us unless we're attentive to God's desires rather than to human likes and dislikes. Our souls desire a closer, deeper relationship with God.
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How Inappropriate!
The reason pastors today hesitate to preach about worship is they know it is the hottest of all the hot potatoes in church.
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Lulled to Lukewarm
When we are spiritually awake, we are focused on the resurrected Christ. We are focused on the kingdom of God.
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Baptist Panel: Church Must Embrace Technology
Baptist Panel: Church Must Embrace Technology
Churches will have to learn to embrace modern technology and social media, according to panelists at a Baptist World Alliance forum during the group's annual gathering.
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Out of the Ordinary
So when you come to worship, what do you see? When you come to worship, do you expect an extraordinary experience? When you come to worship, do you believe your life will be changed?
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Power, Pleasure, Purpose. What Do We Really Seek?
Power, Pleasure, Purpose. What Do We Really Seek?
Nietzsche believed we were driven to power. Freud thought we were pushed to seek pleasure. Others think we desire purpose. But something else gives us deeper joy.
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Is Your Worship as Genuine as Gate A3's?
Is Your Worship as Genuine as Gate A3's?
Healthy worship is more than meeting human wants and dabbling in fads. It should be the most spiritually mature and provocative event your church plans for each week. Like Gate A3.
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Shifting From Inward Devotion to Action and Service
Shifting From Inward Devotion to Action and Service
Many churches have tried to create the feel of the Passion movement in their worship services. While Passion's focus has shifted from self to neighbor, will those churches follow?
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Supreme Court Upholds NYC Ban on Churches in Schools
NEW YORK (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court let stand ruling that bars congregations from using space in New York City schools for worship services.
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Black Seminaries Embrace Hip-hop
WASHINGTON (RNS) Two leading black seminaries think they have found a way to grab the next generation: hip-hop.
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Study Says Religious Services Make Some Women Happier
A new study in the Journal of Religion and Health suggests that there’s a link between optimism and attendance at religious services.
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Report Says Trends for U.S. Churches Mostly Pointing Down
(RNS) American congregations have grown less healthy in the last decade, with fewer people in the pews and aging memberships, according to a new Hartford Seminary study.
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Interfaith Worship Doubled since 9/11, but Remains Low
(RNS) Interfaith worship services have doubled in the decade since the 9/11 attacks, according to a new study.
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At Church of Beethoven, Music Is the Message
(RNS) “Music,” Ludwig van Beethoven said, “is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.”
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Crystal Cathedral Goes Up for Sale
(RNS) The Crystal Cathedral has announced plans to sell its iconic glass-walled church in Southern California to pay back creditors and overcome bankruptcy.
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Simple Churches Find a Foothold Across U.S.
(RNS) This weekend, Jeanne O’Hair, her friends and family will raise their voices in Easter hymns “as the spirit leads us.”
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Turning Around British Baptists' Declining Numbers
Turning Around British Baptists' Declining Numbers
While membership and baptisms are down in British Baptist churches, the decline can be turned around if people realize churches offer something worth having. Can worship be accessible without being banal?
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Not All Healthy Congregations Require Neckties
Not All Healthy Congregations Require Neckties
Thriving churches must recognize the culture in which they're rooted, understand there's more than one way to do ministry, and acknowledge that change is a sign of life.
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New Pipe in Israel Aims to Halt Worship Water Shortage
JERUSALEM (RNS) Israeli officials have installed an $11 million pipe to ease a weekly water shortage on Fridays.
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Tweaking the Order of Worship
What does the order of worship have to do with being salt of the earth and light of the world? How can the order of worship impact our witness for God?
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Jewish Musician Debbie Friedman Dies at 59
(RNS) Debbie Friedman, a composer and singer whose modern melodies updated the music in synagogue services worldwide, died of pneumonia at age 59.
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Report: Fewer `Middle Americans’ Married, Attending Worship
(RNS) Marriage among Americans who have graduated high school but not college is on the decline.
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La. Parish Bans Halloween on Sunday
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) In Louisiana’s Livingston Parish local laws forbid the observance of Halloween on a Sunday.
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New Book Examines Whether Early Christians Worshipped Jesus
New Book Examines Whether Early Christians Worshipped Jesus
Did the earliest Christians worship Jesus? That's the question James D.G. Dunn asks in his new book, but the author concludes that a better question concerns whether Christian worship was and is possible without Christ.
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Recession Forces A-list Stars onto the Same Stage
(RNS) Fans of Christian music and books may see a divine hand at work in bringing together all-star talent for the “Make a Difference” tour.
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Shootings at Ohio, Texas Churches Stirs Concerns
(RNS) Three outbursts of violence in or near churches, including one during worship services, are raising safety concerns for church leaders.
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Small Dedicated Following Keeps Shape-note Singing Alive
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) The archaic sounds that fill the historic former church sanctuary echo, hauntingly, like a whispering ghost from the past.
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Churches Find Empty Pews at Sunday Evening Services
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) Doug De Vries describes Sunday evening worship as “a lot less formal” than the morning service.
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Court: University Should Have Funded Student Group’s Worship
(RNS) The University of Wisconsin should not have prohibited the use of student funds.
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New Catholic Mass Approved for 2011 Roll-out
WASHINGTON (RNS) The most sweeping changes to the Catholic Mass in 40 years will be rolled out in 2011.
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God Stories: When God Grieves
A true worshipper, saved by God’s grace, realizes he has escaped catastrophe because of God’s goodness. Such a worshipper comes as Noah did, to declare dependence upon God thorough sacrificial worship.
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Radical Generosity: Normal for Christian Community
Radical Generosity: Normal for Christian Community
When the early Christians gave up their possessions for the good of others, it was more than an expression of genuine generosity. They modeled the norm for Christian identity and community.
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 Worship Should Be More Than Routine
Worship Should Be More Than Routine
Jesus' custom was to attend church but he broke the customary way to worship. Are we comfortable with worship that has become part of our routine or that compels us to change our communities?
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Newcomers Provide Key Insights into Church Traditions
Newcomers Provide Key Insights into Church Traditions
The traditions and practices that we observe week to week in our worship services have meaning to us, but others may have questions, such as "Who are the important people in the robes?"
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Re-Imagining Worship
Isaiah’s description of worship jumps off the page because we’re hungry for something beyond ourselves! What we can learn is that God’s “gracious energy desires to be let loose in the world.” Isaiah happened to be in a place where he could overhear the divine voices in concert asking, “Who will go for us?” Worship becomes an exercise of listening in on what God is saying in the holy huddle of wonderment. The language of God is an energized language that moves to action and doesn’t stay stuck in limbo.
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Global Baptists Seek to Transcend 'Worship Wars'
Worship and the so-called "worship wars" were on the agenda during the Baptist International Conference on Theological Education, held in Prague July 27-29.
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