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Rest in Grace this New Year

There’s a lot about New Year’s to love. I value the opportunity to both recollect the past year, doing an inventory of sorts, and to anticipate the new year.

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Twice (a Month) - the New Normal?

In my tradition, twice was the norm. Growing up in the Christian Reformed Church, attending church twice every Sunday was a non-negotiable, a near creational given. ”Oncers” were deemed on a slippery slope to perdition, an accommodation to the ease of culture and all its entertainments ... 

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An Anthem for Black Friday

Tomorrow is Black Friday south of the 49th, the biggest consumer bender known to humanity. Called black because merchants’ books finally crossover from the red into the black. And it would be so easy to watch the spree and smugly gloat, believing I’m free from that, above it all. Truth is, 

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The Mysterious Mirror of Disability

Some in Denmark aim to make the nation a “Down syndrome-free perfect society” (actually a headline from a Danish newspaper). If you were to build a perfect society, how would you build it? What you would include in it would be telling. But perhaps more revealing would be what you might exclude from your perfect world...

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  • Mavis - its true, this can be a bit of light in a situation where others might cast as altogether gloomy (namely, that maybe we aren'd declining but instead our patterns our changing).  Now those...

  • Bev - one way the church continued to "meet together" even when they weren't together was through the practice of praying the daily office.  It was a daily form of prayer that the church prayed...

  • Here's the link to another post I wrote related to this (the one above doesn't seem to work).

    http://squinch.net/2011/03/02/why-bother-with-church

  • Thanks for your thoughts John.  I'd be interested in the sources of the surveys you cite - if you could send along references, I'd very much appreciate it.

  • Thanks for your kind words, Colin.  And you're naming good insights that might lie behind some of these trends. 

  • John - thanks for your passion for worship.  My comment to Mark about the absence of value judgements in my post was not to imply there are not values to affirm in this conversation - only to say...

  • Mark - great thoughts.  I tried to stay away from any value judgements in the original post, and stick to observations about what seemed to be a trend.  I think the new normal does foist on us...

  • I'm still looped in Paul!  Thanks for still wanting me around.  

    I'm now thinking through some of the implications of this for ministry.  Would love to hear your thoughts on what you think...

  • Thanks for your thoughts Doug.  I think I was trying to make the point that the "stuff" is secondary; I truly appreciate the computer I'm tapping away on.  My ipod is an important spiritual...

  • And here is the video link from the Avett Brothers

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2MxfhP48q8