Church

Assembly Required

I have been greatly bothered by Hebrews 10:25 for a while. You might have already felt it clouting about your ears if you aren’t someone who gets overly excited about attending church.   “Thou shalt not forsake the assembly of…

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The Science of Church

Despite all my complaints and reservations, I remain hopelessly in favor of being part of a church. My reasons go beyond sentiment. Sociologists and psychologists underscore the importance of community in forming and maintaining a healthy outlook and values.  …

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Considering The Lobster

“I raise my left foot. I bring my elbow to my knee and tap it twice. I bring my foot to my knee and tap it three times. I lie face down. I kneel down. I touch my left cheek….

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How Do I Deal with Being Single in the Family-Centric Church? | Dear Addie #9

Dear Addie,   I recently turned 35. Since I’m single (and have been for almost a decade), I realized I was running out of time to have a family if I wanted one. So I started visiting some Christian singles’…

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What’s the Point of Church? | Dear Addie #8

Dear Addie,   Maybe it’s the skeptic in me, but why does community have to be found in churches as we know them? Can’t they, or shouldn’t they, be found in any group of believers? What makes Sunday morning church…

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Russell Moore Responds to Donald Trump

Trump’s jab spread all over Twitter the morning of May 9th, 2016. Or perhaps it wasn’t the jab, as much as the unexpected response from Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.   Since…

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Outgrowing the Old Stories

In my early twenties, I took part in the first of many young women’s Bible studies. It was an in-depth study of David, and it was transformational. For one thing, I found an author who loved digging into the Bible…

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Church, Why Bother?

After our move to another city over a year ago, we wrestled with whether to find a church. Instead, we settled into a Friday night home church with friends in our neighborhood, a community of believers committed to studying the…

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What’s Wrong with Church?

There’s a lot wrong with the church today. Your church, my church, the neighbor’s church, the church you aren’t going to, the church you attend currently, the church you used to go to, the Catholics, the Protestants, the Baptists, the…

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Kicked Out of Church

When I was sixteen, a revival group came to our church for a week in an effort to pump up our Baptist hearts for evangelism. We youth group kids got relegated to a Sunday school classroom down the hall from…

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