A Barna Group study finds that Americans are increasingly remaining in the communities where they live, giving hope to pastors and others that more relationships can be established with church neighbors. But they also warn that congregations must become more relevant to those in surrounding neighbhorhoods.

Published in Social Issues
Friday, 05 December 2014 11:36

Should churches ditch the stand-and-greet?

A Southern Baptist Convention leader says the widely used ritual can be off-putting to first-time visitors.

Published in Congregations

And they predict those turned off by Christianity may be attracted to congregations that are more intentional about worship.

Published in Theology
Friday, 14 November 2014 13:09

Balancing a congregation’s spiritual diet

It’s ironic that Baptists, who have divided over how much we believe the Bible, often spend very little time in worship services actually reading God’s Word aloud.

Published in Commentaries

Churches increasingly opt for the latter, but some Christian musicians say abandoning choirs is a bad idea.

Published in Herald Magazine
Monday, 15 September 2014 10:28

Seeking God through worship — and jazz

Jazz’s improvisational nature reflectes the free-flowing nature of the Holy Spirit, say advocates of using the musical form in worship.

Published in Media and Arts
Monday, 08 September 2014 16:12

I can do more: A lament

We can’t facilitate another worship service that turns a blind eye to the sufferings in the world.

Published in Commentaries

Belief in evolution is costing Dove Award-winning musician Michael Gungor evangelical fans.

Published in Media and Arts
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 12:17

The tears we need to shed

Many conflicts in congregations are at least partially due to our loss of wonder at God’s grace and love.

Published in Vital Signs

While many Baptists have historically rejected religious symbolism in their sanctuaries, others have embraced it as a way to get worshipers focused on God.

Published in Theology
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