Day: July 23, 2010

A house church near you

A study by the Barna Group estimates that 6 million to 12 million Americans attend house churches with some regularity and the Pew Forum found last year that 9 percent of American Protestants only attended home services.

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Bus ads for women’s ordination

Religious (and non-religious) groups in Great Britain love to use ads on big red buses to make their point. The UK group Catholic Women’s Ordination (CWO) will be running ads on buses when the Pope comes to town.

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Another fight over “the plain reading of scripture”

One group of Christians cite plain reading of the Bible. The other side looks to Scripture’s grand narrative toward freedom and inclusive love. The argument boils over into the wider culture. The search for middle ground proves futile. Denominations split. Is this the 21st century…or the 19th?

Sound familiar? It could be 2010—or the mid-19th century.

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Christian hospitality

For leaders of the ancient church, hospitality was an important practice for transcending the status boundaries of the surrounding culture and for working through issues of recognition and respect. It was crucial to meeting human needs—especially the physical needs of impoverished believers—and it made sense in the economy of God. Generous hosts, though not seeking gain, would find themselves blessed in the hospitality relationship.

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