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Messianic Judaism

Growing up in my isolated corner of Christendom, I thought all Jewish people were still waiting for the Messiah. Since then, I have learned the “all” part was wrong. Jesus was Jewish. People called him “Rabbi.” He worshiped in the … Continue reading

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Ecclesia!

Just when I was putting my website together, and wondering what to call it, our pastor gave a sermon about the universal Christian church. He used the Greek term ecclesia to describe this gathering of the faithful. People make up … Continue reading

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One Heart, One Church

  I realized, after interviewing a husband and wife serving as dual pastors in one church and a senior pastor in another church, that I’ve interviewed quite a few pastors over the years. Let’s see…there was the delightful Baptist pastor … Continue reading

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Doing Church in America Part II

Thom S. Rainer’s book, I am a Church Member, is so small you can read it in a few hours. In my previous blog, I wrote about his comments relative to a spirit of serving rather than one of entitlement … Continue reading

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Doing Church in America – Part 1

According to a report by Michael Lipka in the PEW Research Center (9/2013) church attendance has dwindled in the past decade. The number of adults who never or seldom attend church has increased to 3 in 10, (33%) up from … Continue reading

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Opus Dei

                Does anything come to mind when you hear “Opus Dei?” Somewhere along the line I associated Opus Dei with a secret, ultra conservative, almost oppressive organization within the Catholic Church. I imagined ecclesiastic storm troopers chasing away liberal goblins … Continue reading

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Are Christians Judgmental?

It is said one of the main reasons people stay away from church is that church goers, especially Christians, are judgmental. I don’t blame them. Why go to a place where people make you feel worse about yourself than you … Continue reading

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Women in Today’s Church

          A month ago I attended my friend’s ordination. It was a beautiful ceremony where the pastor -to -be opted to lie prone with arms out-stretched. The choice seemed a reflection of her servant heart, of her humility before a … Continue reading

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March 7, 2012 Working and Playing Well with Others

            Back in February, in “Outside the Picket Fence,” I wrote about various Christian denominations united in belief and action under the authority of Jesus Christ.             In the process of doing preliminary research for an article, I came across … Continue reading

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January 18, 2012 Finding Home

The Catholic Church recently ran a series of ads asking people who had left the denomination to “come home.” According to an update from the PEW forum, which uses research to track trends in religious life in America, the number … Continue reading

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