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US churches feel beat of change: More diversity, more drums

U.S. religious congregations are marching to their own drums now more than ever. The National Congregations Study‘s latest look at the country’s churches, synagogues and mosques — the third wave of studies that began in 1998 — finds more congregations:

The church has a responsibility to care for those facing illness

I know I have a soul, because I can feel its weight. It’s heavy, like a lead apron I can’t remove. Sometimes I fear suffocation. Sometimes I pray for it.

What if every Christian congregation was like this one?

After a short talk on what the New Testament says about healing and laying on of hands, the pastor called a couple to the front and had them sit down.

Confessions of a church bully, part 2

If being a church bully is nothing but a symptom of an addiction to the high of spiritual prosperity then the church is the pimp and drug pusher.

Confessions of a Church Bully, part 1

I sat across from him while we had coffee, which is the beverage of choice when you need to have certain “serious” talks with other Christians who might not be living up to snuff.

Stripping Kings of their Crowns: Mark Driscoll, the Fury of Achilles and King David

The Mars Hill storyline reminds me of Achilles in Homer’s ‘The Iliad.” A great warrior whose ego and anger are legendary.

Meat & Potatoes: Why the church? I love Jesus, but…

The Rev. Liv Larson Andrews, of Salem Lutheran Church, answers the question of why go to church at all?

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