A View from the Pew: The Devil is in the Sound System

One of my earliest memories of a sound system glitch dates back to when I was 5 or 6. We were attending another church for a revival, and the audio receiver picked up a nearby CB radio. Right in the middle of the service we heard the crackle of “Breaker 1-9, breaker 1-9, you got your ears on? C’mon.”

A View from the Pew: 6 Types of Church Committees

Lay people commonly serve in churches through committees. If you’re active in your congregation, chances are you’re on a committee. Over the years, I’ve found myself or planted myself on a number of such bodies with mixed results.

Formations 05.22.2016: Casting a Vision

One of the key skills of any leader is motivating his or her team, and there is no shortage of advice about how to do it. Much of this advice, however, though true, is also rather basic.

Flame: LEGO Prayers

This prayer activity is suitable for groups of children or even a whole congregation as long as you have enough bricks. Have an adult or child to lead the prayers for each group, however big.

Uniform 08.09.2015: A Choice to Be Just

In the 1984 film Mass Appeal, the older priest is a “Don’t rock the boat” sort while the younger man fervently believes that the boat really needs to be rocked–if not sunk.

Pray-Her: Let Us Pray

Let us pray. The words are familiar to us but the practice of conversing with the Divine is still unsettling, unrealistic, and even unusual for many believers. Like the children of Israel, we would rather someone pray for us.

A View from the Pew: “Back to Church” Season

As a child, the most dreaded words uttered every July on the commercials interrupting TV reruns were “Back-to-school sale.” Like the first few bars of “Jingle Bells,” heard nowadays in late September, that phrase was the harbinger of homework, research papers, and exams.