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Month: April 2017

Music For Good Friday

Music For Good Friday

This may not be the most ‘misfit’ of posts, but it’s hard to mark Good Friday without singing Isaac Watts‘ ‘When I Survey The Wondrous Cross‘. It is like a powerful, concise sermon set to music. For most of my life, the standard tune has been ‘Rockingham’, but I have come to prefer ‘O Waly Waly’, which is now listed as an alternative tune in some books. Why? When my sister and I were growing up, our Dad was under…

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How To Kill Methodism (And Other Christian Traditions, For That Matter)

How To Kill Methodism (And Other Christian Traditions, For That Matter)

In my lifetime, I have heard all sorts of reasons advanced for the decline of the church, including the Methodist Church. of which I am a part. Television. Sunday sport. Broken families. New atheists. World War One. The Swinging Sixties. Postmodernism. And it’s largely bunk. We aren’t being killed by outside forces, we’re doing a pretty good job ourselves. Our story is one of slow motion suicide. In a blog post on the 100 Movements website, missiologist Alan Hirsch cites…

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