You Want to Make the Visitor Welcome? Twelve Website Tips

In my current role as “mystery worshiper” for a newspaper column, I have learned a few key pointers about helping others find your church. The number one issue: Never, ever change your normal worship time without splashing it all over your website! But other than that particular rant, below are some things I have learned after perusing hundreds of church websites. One: Do not assume that a Facebook page provides adequate electronic presence. You still need an actual, up to date, reasonably professional looking website. Two: Make sure your website actually shows up using basic keywords in different search engines. There are … Continue reading You Want to Make the Visitor Welcome? Twelve Website Tips

The Problem of Evil: Deliver Us From Temptation

Please watch the short video: The illustrator and narrator have asked that continually nagging question: How can there be a good God yet all this bad in the world? Above all, this is the question the church must answer. The question and the current response to reject anything smacking of “institutionalized religion” do not erase the human need for divine connection. It does call into question the way God has been perceived and described for millennia. Is God really the great and fearful power-mongerer in the sky, wreaking vengeance on hapless humanity if we don’t see things a certain way? … Continue reading The Problem of Evil: Deliver Us From Temptation

On Trying to Donate a Kidney: The Fly in the Ointment

Mysterious practices, multiple entrances, confusing requirements, authority figures dressed differently with clothing often suggesting power and authority: hospitals and churches have these in common. Another commonality: Both seek to move people from one level of existence to another. From physical … Continue reading On Trying to Donate a Kidney: The Fly in the Ointment

Denton Mystery Worship Thirteen: Aggressive Church Planting, Acts 29 Network Style

Every Sunday morning, they unload their church from a trailer. Cushioned mats cover concrete flooring for infants and small children; colorful dividers keep the age groups separated. Sound and projection equipment is unpacked, connected and tested. A separate group arrives … Continue reading Denton Mystery Worship Thirteen: Aggressive Church Planting, Acts 29 Network Style