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Stuff Christians Like

May 31, 2012


Last weekend Evan and I visited the former home church of preacher’s kid and author John Acuff who is known for his blog and book Stuff Christians Like, a satirical yet sympathetic review of odd church practices.  I visited the church to critique the windows (the good stuff) and walls (and not so good stuff) […]

Church Where Police Must Wait Outside

May 15, 2012


Wesley United Methodist Church 114 Main Street,  Worcester, MA May 13, 2012 Should a worshiping congregation be open to all people?  If so, at what point does behavior dictate removal? Two weeks ago a visitor to worship at  Wesley UMC Worcester was surrounded by three police officers seeking his removal.  The church leadership did what […]

Church of the Merciful Exit

February 2, 2012


“You just travel around visiting churches?  By yourself?”   The college freshman who sat beside me at Holden Fellowship Church last Sunday was surprised I had the nerve to enter these places without some support.  This was her first visit  and she was mortified that the friend who promised to accompany her did not show-up.  She […]

Church of the $15,000 Espresso Machine

January 23, 2012


I visited two “community” churches in Washington D.C..  The pastor of National Community Church was trying to raise $15,000 for an espresso machine.  The pastor of New Community Church was trying to raise $10 million for a local bank they were starting.  I wrote reviews of both mind-blowing churches HERE. As usual I  interviewed the […]

The Nurse Log Church

January 9, 2012


I visited a Worcester, MA church which is home to both a small, aging, traditional congregation and a growing, young-adult, Vineyard-style congregation.  The contrast is easy to see in this short video taken as the worship team warms-up between the 10:30 Pilgrim worship (see the chapel?) and the 12pm Woo worship (see the band?).  I […]

We Never Have to Go to Church Again!

January 5, 2012


I couldn’t go to church on New Year’s Sunday but I was able to attend live worship online through  As with every other worship service I attend, I wrote a review of the experience.  What WINDOWS allowed light to shine into my soul and which WALLS or obstacles left me in the dark?  You […]

Christian Community Church: Seeking Peace in Worcester? Not.

December 6, 2011


I was in the wrong place at the right time.  Javier Santiago, a 20-year-old Worcester native, was tracked to the bus stop in front of City Hall by rival gang members and shot dead at 2pm.  I walked by that same bus stop at 1:30. I visit area churches in order to learn best practices […]