Posts By: Sam White

If Your Church Went Away

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I have gotten in the past an advertisement that begins with a question like, “What if your church went away, would anyone notice?”  The implication is that my church is so inconsequential that no one would.  Therefore, I need to buy their product (or program or whatever) which will revitalize my church so that my… Read more »

Hymns vs. Choruses

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            (or, how about a good old-fashioned Gregorian chant?)   “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”             ~Sir Isaac Newton   Or, possibly, Sir Fig Newton.  Or maybe Jimmy Neutron. Anyway, someone said it and life since then tells us they were either very right or highly… Read more »

Is the Church Relevant

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The little churches are declining.  The big churches are, often, getting bigger.  Now, in the little churches, we often complain that we’re getting smaller because the big churches are getting bigger. But I’ve looked at the numbers—at least in our town and other towns I’ve been in—and the statement doesn’t hold true.  Yes, the little… Read more »

Will Our Pets Go to Heaven

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A friend of mine here in town, we’ll call him Ted, doesn’t go to church anymore.  He never went often, but he was going sporadically there for a little while.  Then—for some reason and I have no idea how it even came up in conversation—the preacher at the church where Ted was going told him… Read more »

Evolutionary Sin

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The citizens of Springfield overwhelmingly voted to allow gambling in their city, but before the vote could be final, everyone in the hall turned to Marge because she seemed the person most likely to throw a wet blanket on the idea.  Marge stood up and said, “Once society declares something to be OK, it’s no… Read more »

Thinkers vs. Feelers

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Thinkers and feelers who have the same end goal in mind can’t seem to get along. I thought about that opening sentence being my headline, but I don’t like long headlines (long headlines used in the past not withstanding) because they make me think of either tabloids or The Onion. Anyway, it’s been said that… Read more »

Why “Millenials” Are Leaving the Church

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Recently, my attention was drawn, via Facebook, to two different blogs by two separate bloggers (can’t remember if I were sent them by the same person) dealing with the same problem: why the church is losing millennials.  In both cases, they were appended with notes that read something like, “Well-written article.” And they were.  They… Read more »

Preachers In the News

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Ministers—professional preachers, anyway—have been in the news recently, both nationally and locally.  And it hasn’t been good. That, in itself, is a shame, on many levels. A few years ago I was sitting with a man whose father was on hospice.  I had arrived at the hospital as a hospice volunteer to sit with a… Read more »

A Murder, Eternal Assurance and Something About Cold Hands

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The police ruled it a murder-suicide.  Not like a “usual” one, though, where an agitated party murders a loved one, then turns the gun on themselves.  Often sparked by an assumption of infidelity. No, the perpetrator in this case felt aggrieved over something (does it really matter what?), so he went out and found a complete stranger… Read more »