Try this on your next Mormon visitor

“Do your best and God will do the rest” isn’t a Gospel promise. It’s a guarantee of eternal condemnation. Let our Irish friends explain why in record time.

Most of us would rather hide behind our doors and pretend we’re not home.

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3 Reasons Contemporary Worship IS Declining, and What We Can Do to Help the Church Move On

contemporary worshipI served a large congregation during the 1990’s and like many congregations at that time we felt a need to establish a “contemporary” worship service. We believed that this was necessary to attract and maintain a younger generation of worshipers.

Part of our struggle though was defining what “contemporary” meant. Was it “seeker” driven worship or was it merely a change in music? We chose to go down the middle of road and developed a liturgical service using modern Christian music.

We discovered later on that the contemporary music was more attractive to baby boomers than younger generations. With the exception of huge congregations like Hill Song in Australia who can put on professional entertainment every week, most congregations who went down this road ended up seeing younger generations eventually walk away from contemporary worship. Continue reading

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Something beyond us

something beyond usWhen considering questions about life such as “How did we get here?” “What is the meaning of life?” or “Who am I?” a person could start from any number of places. Philosophy, science and the various religions all attempt to answer these questions in different ways and with varied results.

As a Christian I could start with a confession of faith that places God at the beginning creating all that exists (Genesis 1-2). Into this creation God forms humans and breathes life into them (Genesis 2:7). As in the act of a mother giving birth to her child, this act of creating humanity in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27) out of the very essence of creation instills a relationship with the Creator. It is this relationship that vibrates within humanity even as people became separated from their Creator in their rebellion (Genesis 3). This is the echo of the Creator that people have turned to when searching for answers about themselves and the world around them. However, this Christian confession of faith is one that many do not share today. Continue reading

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