Showing posts from October, 2017

No Child Left Behind Comes to Awana

The children’s ministry rethinks the competition at its core.TED OLSEN| SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 One of the most important symbols in modern Christianity is a circle inside a square, its sides marked red, blue, green, and yellow, divided by diagonal lines. For some Christians, it is a literal mark of orthodoxy, a subtle indicator that a church teaches Scripture authoritatively and rigorously (and usually from a particular Reformed, premillennial, cessationist perspective). Read the second part of our October 2017 cover package:

Bible Study Fellowship Rewrites the Rulebook The square has changed little from its origins in the 1940s at the North Side Gospel Center in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. Church youth leader Art Rorheim had been having trouble with traditional two-team games as his youth group grew; his four-team court was designed to let 100 play with little downtime. Now more than 10,000 churches in the United States use it as they host Awana programs. Some of Rorheim’s early game…

7 Bad reasons for leaving a Church

I thought this was a good read.
Brett McKraken's 7 Bad reasons to Leave a Church. Brett McCracken is a senior editor for the Gospel Coalition His book Uncomfortable makes a compelling case that following Jesus calls us to embrace the more difficult aspects of Christianity in the context of the local church.
1. Other churchgoers annoy you. One of the most countercultural and challenging aspects of the Christian church is that it draws people together from very diverse backgrounds. This is what the gospel does! This means it’s very likely you’ll be worshiping alongside people who you’d normally never choose to interact with. And this can be awkward and annoying. But don’t let this lead you to leave and search for a church full of people just like you. To do so is to undermine the very power of the gospel to equalize and unify across natural dividing lines (see Galatians 3).
2. Your "cause" is not sufficiently championed. Many people leave churches when they pitch an idea or em…