Churches tend to identify themselves by doctrine. Some church names clearly show this: Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, and on and on. Others are more subtle, eschewing any historic identifiers and referring to themselves by more generic or non-threatening names: Community, Gathering, Chapel, Fellowship, etc. Some of these churches have very detailed statements about their beliefs—doctrines—while others may seem more accepting, but often even these make it uncomfortably clear what is or is not expected or acceptable.
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I have written about the polarization that occurs when someone professes to hear from God. I suggested there are at least three groups: those who doubt the possibility that God speaks, those who want to know what God said, and those who wish God would speak to them. [Read more »]
Merriam-Webster.com gives this definition:
1. a : one bound by indenture to serve another for a prescribed period with a view to learning an art or trade b : one who is learning by practical experience under skilled workers a trade, art, or calling [Read more »]
When children are small, grandparents love to hold the little hands and converse mindlessly while slowly walking, almost oblivious to sights and sounds. It doesn’t matter the topic or the place. Mostly.
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I’ve been involved in many religious discussions over the years. Sometimes I’ve started them. Just to prove a point or impress people with what I know. But winning an argument and leading others to the Truth are two very different things. [Read more »]