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Inclusion can get messy: gospel implications of a ‘Wider Welcome’ for United Methodists and the rest of us
Christian history is replete with the expulsion of persons from the church; times when sin, sex, orthodoxy and “special needs” all run together and somebody or some bodies had to go. Perhaps we should add an asterisk to “Everybody is Welcome” on our church signs.
Now trending in church music
“We have musicians in church, most of whom are university educated. They are good musicians, committed to the church, they love Jesus, but nobody’s getting specialized training in church music.”
Hymns for a Lifetime: Poetry added to music makes not only hymns, but memories
Which can you more likely recite over Sunday lunch after worship: a point from the sermon or a refrain from a hymn?
Photo Gallery: Hymns for a Lifetime
In this “Singing Our Faith” series, we learn about Ken Wilson’s hymn-teaching process and the love for hymns he instilled in the children at Knollwood Baptist Church during three decades of ministry. We also examine some of the trends and changes in church music and ministry. All photos taken in this photo gallery are by Norman Jameson or from the archives of Knollwood Baptist Church.
They ministered – and were ministered to – on the field of competition
Ministry can mean feeding the hungry, praying with the sick or visiting the imprisoned. But it can also mean coaching a basketball team, organizing track-and-field events or cheering on a child-athlete. At least it does for people of faith who…
Impact of Trump refugee cuts felt by churches, nonprofits and internationals
The limit President Trump has placed on the number of refugees who can enter the U.S. has devastated those who have languished in overseas refugee camps for years. While the travel-ban portion of Trump’s second executive order has been placed…
At an ordination, a reminder that Jesus remains agonizingly relevant and radical
On June 20, 1971, I was ordained to the gospel ministry — so the ordination certificate reads to this day. I reread it from time to time, still wondering what in the world it means to be a gospel minister….