Is It Time to Change Your Mind about Jesus?

I have been a Christian all my life. At least it feels that way.

Many of my significant childhood memories tie to church in one way or another. Memories of people, music, and fun all orbit the church of my childhood.

I was seven years old when I had my first, “I’m supposed to believe in Jesus” moment. Everyone around me that I loved and loved me believed in Jesus, so it made sense to me to believe in him as well.

But I didn’t. At least not for a while. I waited until I was twelve before I signed up as a Jesus believer.

A lot has changed since then.


What is the Purpose of Worship?

I have been thinking a lot about worship lately. My recent post about beer and worship flows from that thinking.

I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun.

Seriously, I have been thinking a lot lately about why we worship.

In some circles it thrives, but in other circles it dies. Some people are passionate and some are passive about worship. Some innovate, some replicate.

What is the purpose of worship?


Should Beer and Church Go Together?

Last week NPR published a story entitled “To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer.”

I then noticed several other stories linked to the NPR story discussing the idea of connecting beer with worship. You can read three of those stories if you like: “Churches Use Beer to Attract New Members,” “Churches Woo New Members with Beer,” and “Comedy, Reality, and Religion.”

Connecting the ideas of “we need new church members” and “let’s drink some beer together” surely creates opportunities for strong opinions.

Suggesting offering beer connected with worship as a way to attract new members smacks of compromise for some people.

So, what do you think? Are you interested in a little Harvest Ale or Oatmeal Stout with your praise choruses and bible study?