The Christian Science Monitor published a three-part series on Pentecostalism in Central and South America earlier this month. I read the first in the series, on "Health and Wealth" theology in Guatemala. Unsurprisingly, it causes the same controversy there that it causes in the United States. Some criticize Health and Wealth churches for being manipulative … Continue reading Christian Science Monitor on Pentecostalism
This past Sunday I went to Rob Bell's Mars Hill Church in Grandville, MI (not to be confused with Mars Hill Church in Seattle, or Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, none of which are related). I read Bell's book Velvet Elvis last year and found it to be an entertaining read. I've also listened … Continue reading Mars Hill on a Wintry Night
Two quotes on Advent from the always-reliable Wikipedia: Advent (from the Latin word advenio, meaning "to come", "the coming of Christ our saviour") is a holy season of the Christian church, the period of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Christ, also known outside the Church as the season of … Continue reading Happy (?) First Sunday of Advent!
I haven't been posting much lately, and I probably won't post today or tomorrow. I would like to post on the first chapter of The Way Of the (modern) World, but I'm not likely to get around to that until tomorrow or Thursday. I've still got to finish that book review that I didn't write … Continue reading Unused Churches To Become Museums
I have GOT to get used to this whole blogging thing. I'm slipping already. Anyway, I read this article in the New York Times online the other day, about a Baptist church adapting to the growing multiculturalism of its neighborhood. It's encouraging to hear of this example, but I wonder how many other churches are … Continue reading Georgia Multiculturalism
A funny thing happened in church last Sunday morning. . . The pastor had just begun his sermon when there was a small bang, and then a louder bang coming from the back of the sanctuary. I was in the front, so I couldn't hear or see clearly what had happened, but it sounded too … Continue reading Crashing the Service