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Religious Right Tells Pastors Christianity Being Suppressed

www.rightwingwatch.org Coral Ridge Ministries broadcast a special called “Pastors, Pulpits, and Politics” to encourage pastors to involve their churches in this year’s elections. The strategy of encouragement seemed to revolve around convincing pastors that Christianity itself is under attack by liberals and “militant homosexuals,” who supposedly harbor “totalitarian” intentions towards “suppressing” Christians a la Hitler or Stalin. Host Jerry Newcombe, Coral Ridge Left-to-right: Gary DeMar, American Vision Jordan Lorence, Alliance Defense Fund Tony Perkins, Family Research Council Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel 4/19/08
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Do you think it’s right for the Salvation Army to list itself as a “church” to avoid disclosure?

Question by Green Pagan 4.0: Do you think it’s right for the Salvation Army to list itself as a “church” to avoid disclosure?
A friend of mine recently pointed out that if you look at those websites like “charity navigator” you will never see the Salvation Army’s financial records because they list themselves as a “church” and therefore are not required to disclose their earnings or expenditures like all the other charities and non-profits.

Should that be changed?
The Salvation Army does NOT have a church where I live… but they are all over the place at Yule harrassing me with those damn bells…

Best answer:

Answer by g
I think that you should have to exchange “disclosure” for “tax-exemption”

you want to be exempt… open the books… that’s the price…

what do churches have to hide anyway?

What do you think? Answer below!

St. Thomas Church on the right, Bridge St. & Methodist Church on the left, Belleville, Ontario, Canada (1910)

St. Thomas Church on the right, Bridge St. & Methodist Church on the left, Belleville, Ontario, Canada (1910)
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Image by Toronto Public Library Special Collections
St. Thomas Church on the right, Bridge St. & Methodist Church on the left, Belleville, Ontario, Canada

Creator: Jennings and Sherry, The Book and Gift Shop
Date: 1910
Identifier: PC-ON 158
Format: Postcard
Rights: Public domain
Courtesy: Toronto Public Library

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Hymns Vs Choruses – Finding the Right Balance in Church Worship Music

Hymns Vs Choruses – Finding the Right Balance in Church Worship Music

For three years while I was a worship pastor almost every week someone from the congregation would bring up the issue of Hymn’s vs. Choruses. Some members wanted more hymns, some wanted more choruses, some wanted hymns sung like choruses and some wanted less hymns and less “old” chorus songs so that we could do more “new” stuff. It didn’t seem like it was possible to make anyone happy.

In fact, it was difficult to make anyone happy. I would try to adjust the mix of the music and try tried to educate members of my congregation. It just didn’t seem to matter… That was until I figured out that the issue wasn’t really about hymns or choruses (at least for most people). The debate about these two styles of music was simply a way of voicing other thoughts and issues that were weighing on people’s hearts. I came to realize that in almost every case, when people voiced their dissent about hymns or choruses they had another issue that needed to be addressed. Here were the five most common issues that I found…

1. Congregation members wanted to feel that they were valued and that the things that mattered to them mattered to the leadership of the church. They wanted to be heard and they wanted to feel that their opinion, likes, dislikes and feelings were important to someone else. Many of the older members of the congregation didn’t want to feel forgotten while younger members wanted to feel that they had some say in the way that the church worked too.

2. There is an incredible amount of selfishness in the Church. Many church members are looking for a church that will “meet their needs” above all else. This tends to produce a consumeristic mentality that leads individuals to a place of evaluation instead of participation. Often the framework of the hymns vs. choruses debate needs to be reframed so that members realize that it is not “all about me” but instead it is “all about Him”.

3. The debate over the style of music for a church is often more about change and change process than it is about music. Change is painful and almost nobody likes it. Sometimes as church leadership, we forget that most individuals struggle with change, especially if it is rapid. Congregation members want to feel comfortable when they come to church and change can make things comfortable. Often if the issue of hymns vs. choruses is raised as a tangible example of resistance or feelings of uneasiness with change.

4. Although there will always be a few people that love to complain about everything, it is important to remember to give people the benefit of the doubt when they raise concerns about hymns vs. choruses. Often, when people advocate for more of one or other style of music they are genuinely worried about the worship services being relevant and ministering to a specific audience. Amazingly, two people who sit next to each other in the pews can view the target audience of the church as two completely different groups of individuals. A leadership who casts vision well and has a clearly defined target in mind can really help to alleviate this problem. Many individuals who may have a preference for Hymns or choruses are willing to put aside their personal likes and dislikes in order to better minister to a different generation. This is one of the things that makes the body of Christ strong.

5. Sometimes it is not about the music at all but instead is about the theology. It is tough sometimes to tell if this is the real issue for someone or just a way for them to reinforce their point. Either way, both hymns and choruses should be evaluated carefully to ensure that they reflect sound doctrine and fit with the teachings of God’s word. Churches that choose to do less hymns will often need to work harder to ensure that their music is not only doctrinally sound but is also theologically rich.

Leading worship can be a hard job. However, understanding where people are coming from when they bring up this issue can be even harder. These are five things that I noticed when dealing with the issue of hymns vs. choruses at my Church. Perhaps you will see them at your church as well.

Jeff McRitchie is the director of marketing for www.MyBinding.com and lives in Hillsboro, Oregon. Before joining the team at MyBinding.com he was an associate pastor in charge of worship for three years. He writes extensively on topics related to Binding Machines, Binding Supplies, Report Covers, Binders, Index Tabs, Laminators, Laminating Pouches, Roll Film, Shredders, and Paper Handling Equipment.

evangelicals what is the right church of Jesus Christ?

Question by Secret_Garden: evangelicals what is the right church of Jesus Christ?
because all of them say they are true christian churches.. each denomination I found they say they are christians and it doesn’t matter where you are.. you are christian.. these words told me someone but they are different.. they way of their doctrines about trinity or baptism.. include the salvation some say salvation once and others say that’s not biblical…then what is the true church of christ?

Best answer:

Answer by BilboBaggins
The one they attend, obviously.

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Why church pastors tell their congregation that they church is the right church?

Question by God’s anointed: Why church pastors tell their congregation that they church is the right church?
This is so absurd, as preachers and pastors tell their congregation that their church is the right church. I believe God will punish them, because there is constant fracas, debates and confusion of its members telling people that their church is the right church.

The right church is when God comes and take his people from all the churches. Even those who are Christians and had no church based, if God sees he or she fit, they all will go. The Bible says two in the corn field and one taken away, two in the bed and one taken away.

God will punish these ministers who bend the bible and preach that their church is the right church.

The world what do you think?

Best answer:

Answer by HauntingInsanity
They want your money

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Church helps kids start school on the right foot

Church helps kids start school on the right foot
Youth from St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano gathered together Tuesday to stuff backpacks and distribute them to the church’s food pantry clients.
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Three days, thrice as nice for St. Isidore Church’s annual Trifesta
When a church with about 20,000 members tries to throw an annual picnic, it can become quite an affair. St. Isidore Catholic Church in Bloomingdale will celebrate its annual Trifesta this weekend, which provides a summer celebration for parishioners and raises funds for local charities.
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St. david‘s invites you to contemporary worship service
Contributed by St. David’s Episcopal Church The public is invited to St. David’s Episcopal Church’s new contemporary worship service, Sunday, August 29, at the northeast Columbia church located at 605 Polo Rd. The service will begin at 6 p.m. The church is located in the Wildewood neighborhood area. read more
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