Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Maybe -- as critics (even within the church) like to point out, there's precious little evidence of long-term benefits for those who go (and even less for those on the receiving end of these trips).
Not pleasant news, I know. So take a deep breath, and click on the title of this post for the article in The Christian Science Monitor.
Here's how it works:
- Find a pastor who knows how to preach.
- Record his or her sermons.
- Get a team who knows what they're doing to edit and add special effects.
- Show it on Sabbath morning.
- Use a local team of lay people to provide worship music during the service (and personal follow-up afterwards).
The advantages: church people get a good sermon every week (and the Conference saves on pastoral salaries).
The disadvantages: if you're over 50-years-old, you probably won't like it . . . and yes, it does open the possibility of good preachers gaining a cult-like following.
Click on the title for the article in The Christian Science Monitor.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Friday, May 12, 2006
So . . . do I pray "in Jesus name" or not?
It turns out that military chaplains struggle with the same issue -- and for a quick look at the issue, click on the title for a link to the relevant article in the Washington Post.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
The bad news? Somewhere between one-fourth and one-half of the people who said this were lying (or mistaken).
Click on the title for a link to the article in Christianity Today.