Church of the Merciful Exit

February 2, 2012

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“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 […]

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Church of the $15,000 Espresso Machine

January 23, 2012

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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 […]

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Reworking The Newsboys’ “In Christ Alone”

January 11, 2012

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Some songs have great melodies but aggravating lyrics.  “In Christ Alone” is one of those songs.  I offer alternative lyrics to an otherwise pleasant song and throw in a bonus “secular” song at the end.  I am building a collection of reworked hymns and praise songs, so if you would like a favorite song reworked, […]

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The Nurse Log Church

January 9, 2012

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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 […]

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We Never Have to Go to Church Again!

January 5, 2012

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I couldn’t go to church on New Year’s Sunday but I was able to attend live worship online through www.Lifechurch.tv.  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

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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 […]

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The Gift We Give to God

November 25, 2011

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I used to be that little boy who prayed for gifts at Christmas time, But these days I find more joy in seeing things made right. And I’ve wrapped a gift or two but today I cannot say Just how long the presents lasted or the difference they have made. So may the gifts we […]

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