On Halloween, a member of our church's staff came to our door to trick-or-treat with her three kids.
It was their 17th straight year.
Her oldest son is taller than me and stopped dressing up long ago. In fact, he drove the family to our house.
The daughter is probably on her last year (she dressed as Katniss Everdeen – that should be a hint).
The youngest may have a couple more years in him. Tops.
Their mother has been a part of the church for even longer – twenty-two years, to be exact. She was actually at Meck's very first service on October 4, 1992, and was the very first person to become a Christian through our services.
For whatever reason, it made me think of two different ways of viewing a church: a family or a store.Click here to continue reading this post and to view the blog archive.
First Things, a conservative religious publication, has launched a movement encouraging pastors to refuse to perform marriages as representatives of the state. (Merritt, Religion News Service)
Millennials are stuck between having a financially responsible mindset and having the resources and discipline to pull off long-term results, finds a USA TODAY/Bank of America Better Money Habits poll of Millennials. (Malcolm, USA Today)
We can't know exactly what it would look like, but where religion's future is concerned, the strange in some form is always part of what we should confidently expect. (Douthat, The New York Times)
The history, social studies and government textbooks were submitted for approval this summer, and since then, academics and activists on the right and left have criticized many of them. (AP/Fox News)
Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do bad things happen to me? Why do cancer, war and death exist? Why would a good and loving God not save us from suffering?
These questions are often hard to answer and leave us wondering how we can have faith when God doesn't seem to be showing up. In this series, Senior Pastor Jim White will walk us through biblical principles that will direct our thinking about hardship and help us understand where God is through it all.Click here to see this product and more.