Does Church need to be fun? – Christian Article

Would you go and watch the same movie over and over again every week – no matter how much you loved it? Probably not. So why then should we go to church every week and essentially do the same thing that we do every time we go? We live in a culture that demands ‘experience.’ We live in a culture that demands ‘experience.’ Shopping is no longer going out to get things we need but it’s an entertainment. We shop…

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Small Funny Things: The Subversive Gift of Tim Conway – Christian Article

The moment that word of comedian Tim Conway’s death at age 85 got out, social media filled up with fond reminiscences of his best sketches from The Carol Burnett Show: The dentist. The elephant story. The Oldest Man. Mr. Tudball and Mrs. Wiggins. Such remembrances are standard fare when a beloved celebrity dies. But Tim Conway inspired a unique variation on them. People didn’t just remember Conway on his own; they remembered him in tandem with other people. That time he…

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Belonging to Christ's community.. – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Mystery is at the heart of faith Great is the mystery of faith. This is something Christians say in every communion service. And I find it a great comfort and inspiration to say these words. And to recognise that our faith is so big and so amazing that it cannot be fully explained and comprehended. It is a mystery. Why does mood of the crowd change in Holy Week? And one part of that…

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What Hurts Most in Ministry – Christian Article

Personal Disloyalty The most difficult experiences in ministry come on a personal level. It’s not so much because somebody takes issue with something you believe, somebody doesn’t agree with your doctrine, somebody doesn’t like the way you explained a Bible verse, somebody didn’t like your sermon, or somebody thought you were offensive in the way you said something—you get over that. There’s a certain amount of persecution that comes when you preach dogmatically, preach the truth, have strong convictions—and there…

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Nipsey Hussle: The Selfless Servant – Christian Article

Days prior to the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, thousands gathered and collectively mourned another prominent figure in the African American community. Hip hop artist and community activist Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Davidson Asghedom, was shot and killed, just as his influence was beginning to alter the landscape of the hip hop industry for the better. Like MLK, when Nipsey was murdered, it was not just the rapper who died, but also the opportunities that died with…

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On the Fourth Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Four Indie Games – Christian Article

For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope. Toxic is the word Oxford Dictionaries used to sum up the mood of 2018. It’s a…

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Finding Community in Season 2 of Atypical – Christian Article

When the Netflix original series Atypical premiered in the summer of 2017, I was skeptical. Too often shows that feature autistic characters perpetuate unhelpful stereotypes or otherwise exploit autism tropes for cheap emotional appeal. However, I was quickly and happily surprised when the mini-series used Sam—the show’s main character—and his autism not to paint him as atypical, but rather to draw out the atypicality of the human condition—particularly the manner in which human beings love (and sometimes fail to love)…

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Why giving is the same as getting – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); It’s that time of year again when we start getting ready at Church to welcome fifteen homeless men to our hall for bed & breakfast and a hot supper on Saturday nights. It’s a project we do every winter, together with other local churches, so that these men have shelter and good hot food during the coldest months of the year. We call it part of our ‘Community Engagement’ work and it definitely is…

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