Archives for December 2013

It’s Giving Tuesday

United Methodists are invited to sustain the spirit of Thanksgiving into the Advent season. Today,  December 3, 2013, is Giving Tuesday, a special day on which gifts made online to any project through The Advance will be matched. Marie Kuch, who chairs the communication and development committee of the General Board of Global Ministries’ (GBGM) […]

Recently Read: ‘War on Christmas’ rings hollow for some

Do you have folks in your church who regularly talk about the “War on Christmas”? The Nashville Tennessean published an article this morning suggesting that prominent evangelicals are beginning to push back on this concern” It’s strange that folks would argue about saying “Merry Christmas” in public when Jesus Christ himself instructed his followers to […]

Wesley Bros: And Are We Yet Alive?

Click on image to expand… It’s a terrible pun, I know.  But you should totally be listening to Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child” while reading it and pretend that the entire comic is painted in rainbows. The “Second Rise of Methodism” began when John witnessed the peace of the German Moravians repeating the Psalms during […]

The First Sunday in Advent — Happy New Year!

In the days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house will be the highest of the mountains. It will be lifted above the hills; peoples will stream to it. Many nations will go and say, “Come, let’s go up to the Lord’s mountain, to the house of Jacob’s God so that he may teach us his […]

Recently Read: Where Contemporary Worship Lost Its Way

Matthew Sigler unpacks contemporary worship and the underlying theology behind it which has led to a disconnect in modern uses of the form: Now return to the scene I described above. What’s missing? The answer is found in looking at what happened when “praise and worship” was adopted by mainline denominations. During the 1990’s many […]