The videos we’re producing as a substitute for our weekly worship services are as similar to those services as we can make them. That’s intentional, rather than sourcing professionally produced content with some input from us. If people are missing our worship we’re providing a sense of continuity with that. If we want something that …

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It’s a worry if the church simply transfers the exhausting, life-draining, joy-sucking demands of the rest of life to its own agenda and programs. The Gospel demands that people need something very different than to feel that their church sees them as a resource to meet their goals. Worse still, the thought that coming to …

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One of the more fascinating things I read this year was David Cook’s effort at auditing the preaching of the Presbyterian Churches of Victoria (Australia) in preparation for conducting a pastor’s conference in Melbourne. This report from the USA based Pew Research Center computer analysed more than 50,000 sermons from a variety of churches in …

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This Victorian era prison chapel placed the congregants/prisoners in seperate booths so they couldn’t see one another. Today they just have worship with the lights out instead. Though I accept that putting a roomfull of malcontents together in a dark room would have made for a very risky environment. These days we could market it …

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Churches should be places of thankful remembrance; the shared knowledge of God’s faithful blessings in the past are a great encouragement to present and future ministry. Thankful remembrance should not give way to nostalgia. Thinking that the best is behind, or that present or future hope are only attainable by a return to what was …

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