Revival

Revival:  To bring back to life.  Restoration of usefulness.  A term I have been thinking about a lot over the last few months in several different contexts.  Mostly a need for revival in my own life.  It has been about a year and a half since my last post.  This last year has been a whirlwind.  At one point it was an actual whirlwind as a tornado came through a year ago today.  We were fortunate with only minor damage, but even at that, the repairs were just recently completed.  But that was only part of it.  Continue reading “Revival”

Communion

At our church, we take communion every Sunday. I have grown up doing this and I find that when I visit another church that doesn’t do this, I miss it. But what is this about? Why do we do this? It is really kind of an odd thing. We eat a little cracker or baked bread (sometimes very baked bread) and drink a tiny little bit of grape juice and were done. A whole 20 seconds of this “meal” that often takes 5-10 minutes or so as someone rambles on with their mini-sermon and then we wait for everyone else to have their 20 seconds of “feasting” on the cracker and thimble full of grape juice.

So why do we do this every Sunday?

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Why Church?

Seems to me we sometimes get confused on the purpose of the church.  We seem to have developed this mindset that “the church” is responsible for reaching the unchurched.  If we have the right style of worship, the right music, the right pastor, or the right programs, people will come and that is all we need to do.  Referring to last week’s post, I do believe that every church has a purpose and each church is going to attract a different group of people.  Programs, worship, and all the other stuff is useful and good, but it is not the main thing. Continue reading “Why Church?”