Responses to the number of people infected by COVID-19 (coronavirus) have effectively shut down many parts of the world. In Italy, restrictions led to a bathtub baptism of a new believer, streamed live on the internet.
Long after churches ceased to exercise any kind of monopoly in Europe, millions of believers continued to affirm their membership in a church of one denomination or another, and the state cooperated by collecting the taxes associated with membership.
Carl Butler can quote chapter and verse of the Bible, but the Kansas City honky tonk preacher is equally comfortable citing "the great theologian" — a country singer named Tom T. Hall — who once proclaimed that "the good Lord likes a little pickin’ too."
As we look toward new year’s resolutions, my hope is that the Christian church might be able to utter just three simple words in 2019 that would change the course of history, foster civil dialogue and perhaps even bring skeptics back into the church: "We
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- As retail stores hope the holiday shopping season gives their bottom line a lift, American Protestant pastors are less sure the economy is helping their congregation this year.
Churches must courageously abandon outdated practices and attitudes. Congregations must change drastically in order to touch our world with God’s grace. But sometimes, amid all the pulse-taking, evaluations, strategy planning, and critiquing, we forget to love the church we have.
NASHVILLE (BP) -- What began as midweek prayer meetings in the 18th century have become an accepted part of congregational life, a a study released Tuesday (Sept. 10) shows: Nine in 10 Protestant pastors say they have some type of activity on Wednesday night.