A History of Contemporary Praise & Worship | Book Review


Walk into many American churches this Sunday morning — especially if they’re new or nondenominational — and you’re likely to experience the same things: People dress casually. The auditorium looks like a theater, complete with high-tech sound and lighting systems. … Continue reading A History of Contemporary Praise & Worship | Book Review

How to Be a Man-Friendly Church


Roughly half the U.S. population is male, but fewer men attend church on average than women do. In the Assemblies of God, for example, the latest statistics indicate that men account for 31.5 percent of Sunday morning attendees, while women account for 40.4 percent. This gap in attendance reveals a ministry opportunity. Earlier this year, Michael Zigarelli — professor of Leadership and Strategy at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania — conducted a qualitative survey of seven Protestant churches with greater parity in attendance between men and women. His working paper, “Churches that Attract Men,” identified transferable principles of man-friendly churches … Continue reading How to Be a Man-Friendly Church

Thursday’s Influence Magazine Article


Today, over at InfluenceMagazine.com: Kristi Northup wonders whether the Great Commission is going out of style. (Hopefully not!) John Davidson interviews Bruce Statements about making your church safe for the Influence Podcast. Christina Quick notes the projected continuing growth of Christianity in sub-Saharan Africa. Please make sure to follow and like InfluenceInfluence magazine on Facebook, Twitter, and iTunes! Continue reading Thursday’s Influence Magazine Article

The World Wide (Religious) Web for Monday, June 13, 2011


“A Very Christian Atheist.” About George Orwell. I liked this quote from Orwell in particular: …when one’s belly is empty, one’s only problem is an empty belly. It is when we have got away from drudgery and exploitation that we shall really start wondering about man’s destiny and the reason for his existence. One cannot have any worthwhile picture of the future unless one realises how much we have lost by the decay of Christianity. _____ “Breaking Up with God: I Didn’t Lose My Faith, I Left It.” I’m interested in these kinds of stories because my doctoral research is … Continue reading The World Wide (Religious) Web for Monday, June 13, 2011