The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan part 2

Posted on 02. Nov, 2015 by in Church News

Each chapter ends with what Mark calls a Liturgy. A short devotion with some simple practices that corresponds to the just finished chapter. It is that Liturgy that I would like to share with you today. Sabbath Liturgy: Establishing the Work of Your Hands My first real job, beyond household chores, was delivering daily newspapers […]

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The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan part 1

Posted on 29. Oct, 2015 by in Church News

My mother-in-law sent me this book by Mark Buchanan. I think she thinks I work too hard. I’m not sure that I work too hard, but I do know that I often stink at doing Sabbath or being a Sabbath person. I think a lot of us struggle with that. For many of us, more […]

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Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom Rainer part 7

Posted on 28. Oct, 2015 by in Church News

The last section of the book is entitled “Is There Hope for the Dying Church?” I believe there is hope for new life and transformation and I also believe there is hope in a good death and life beyond death. Even for churches. I have thoroughly enjoy this book and I have been extremely challenged. […]

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Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom Rainer part 6

Posted on 27. Oct, 2015 by in Church News

Today’s chapters are entitled “The Church Had No Clear Purpose” and “The Church Obsessed Over the Facilities.”  The Church Had No Clear Purpose I interview former members of the deceased churches, they referred to their last years in sad and similar ways: “We were going through the motions.” “Everything we did seemed to be like […]

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Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom Rainer part 5

Posted on 26. Oct, 2015 by in Church News

The two chapters for today are “Pastoral Tenure Decreases” and “The Church Rarely Prayed Together”. Pastoral Tenure Decreases In ten of the fourteen deceased churches, the pattern of pastoral tenure became common. For the majority of the churches, pastors came and went at a pace of every two to three years, especially in the two […]

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Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom Rainer part 4

Posted on 22. Oct, 2015 by in Church News

Our two chapters for today are “The Great Commission Becomes the Great Omission” and “The Preference-Driven Church.” I just want to say before we begin that I have found these chapters so far to be very convicting and eye opening. I think we are all a little guilty of these kind of behaviors from time […]

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Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom Rainer part 3

Posted on 21. Oct, 2015 by in Church News

The chapters for today are “The Church Refused to Look Like the Community” and “The Budget Moved Inwardly.” As always, my words are in blue and the authors are in black.  The Church Refused to Look Like the Community Look at the faces of the members before the church officially died. Now look at the […]

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Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom Rainer part 2

Posted on 20. Oct, 2015 by in Church News

Today we will look at the first two of twelve reasons why churches die that Thom lays out in his book. The two chapters are entitled “Slow Erosion” and “The Past is the Hero.” One quick note before we dive in. This book and its chapters are very short. Thom does not belabor his points. I […]

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Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom Rainer part 1

Posted on 15. Oct, 2015 by in Church News

I was surprised and intrigued to see the title of this book sitting on a shelf in Lifeway the other day. Autopsy of a Deceased Church is not the most hopeful or cheerful thing that I have ever seen. Churches close all the time, but it is definitely not something that pastors like to dwell on. It […]

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Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans part 5 & 6

Posted on 14. Oct, 2015 by in Church News

I got really into the book these last few days and read the section entitled Confirmation and the section entitled Anointing of the Sick without blogging in between. So, you get two sections in one today. Also, I especially liked two long excerpts from these sections. I don’t want to mess them up with my thoughts, so I’m […]

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