The last day of 2013 was my last day as part of the staff of Restoration Church in Springfield. It was one of the most relieving days I’ve had in a while, but probably not for the reasons you may suspect.
My experience with Pastor John Cremeans and everyone else at the church was utterly fantastic. For a church in it’s first year, John has assembled some of the finest leaders I know.
But, for a couple of months I had suspected our year-long journey there was coming to a close.
That’s the honest truth. 2013 was a very busy time in my home. We spent the year doing ministry with Restoration Church in Springfield. Great bunch of folks, and its strange not being around them on a day-to-day and weekly basis.
Our commitment time with them ended at the beginning of this year. While we miss our friends there, the end of the year brought about change for us. Seasons come…seasons go.
Yesterday, I wrote about the former Archbishop of Canterbury’s comments regarding the Church of England’s declining attendance. He famously stated that the church was a generation away from extinction.
That may apply to the Anglican church, but it doesn’t necessarily apply to other brands of Christianity. One thing is sure, whether you travel through Europe or America, there are certain areas where the Church appears to be struggling to reach people. I think I may know why. Continue reading →
This question has surfaced after the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, warned that Christianity is “a generation away from extinction” in Britain.
The story in the UK Telegraph is based on comments this month from Lord Carey at the Shropshire Light Conference at Holy Trinity Church in Shrewsbury. He was discussing the decreasing numbers of people in the Church of England. But, is he right? Is Christianity a generation away from being an afterthought? Continue reading →
Stuck in the midst of the Old Testament are the books 1st and 2nd Chronicles. These books detail a lot of the history of the biblical Jewish nation.
Part of what you also find are genealogies, which are sort of like a history of the individual families and tribes in Israel. The genealogy was a big deal to Jews. It was important that they could trace their history, because they tied a lot of things to it — such as property rights and assigned duties within the nation.
Squeezed in the middle of the genealogies in 1 Chronicles 4 are verses 9 and 10, which give us the only mentions of a man named Jabez.
For the vast majority of people, Mondays are dreaded. Who really wants to end their weekend and get back to the office? So, I propose a change to the Monday doom and gloom. I want you to celebrate a win.
I got this idea from the church world, and more specifically, the church to which my family belongs. We are a new church, coming upon our first anniversary. When you’re new, crises can really knock back for some big losses. That’s where you have to find ways to get positive.