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  1. bob1 says:

    Way to go, Florida.

  2. Linn says:

    My thoughts on “Some parts of evangelicalism don’t need deconstructed but destroyed”…how sadly true. There are some things that really need to go the way of the proverbial dinosaur. I personally believe that big changes will be in store for evangelicals in the next ten years as some churches die, some churches radically change, and some churches (probably the majority) gradually adjust to our changing world.

    As for the article on the Florida proposal to have people arrested who drive undocumented immigrants to appointments/church/etc. that will probably hit the Supreme Court very, very quickly. They seem to have forgotten about such laws as freedom of association and racial profiling. They are nuts!

  3. Pineapple Head says:

    I saw HIS ONLY SON. My wife is an avid movie fan so I go with her. If it was just me I’d probably attend a theater once a year…if that. Anyway, it had some good moments, but overall it was pretty low quality. Some actors were better than others. I think The Chosen has inspired some others to make Bible movies.

  4. Michael says:

    Linn,

    Michael Bird is a fine theologian…glad you liked his work…

  5. Em Wegemer says:

    On line church aftendance?
    Up here we have a. Methodist outreach (warehouse).
    A Quaker and a former Presbyterian congregation!
    I am grateful for online churches 😇

  6. Michael says:

    My church is online only and will stay that way…

  7. Linn says:

    Online church has a place, especially for those who can’t get to an in-person service. I think it does have limitations for full investment in a local church. Real life means getting off-screen, and I believe church requires that, too.

  8. Michael says:

    I can no longer leave the house long enough to hold a service and we have members across different states.

    My primary problem is sacramental…it is not possible to do a proper Eucharist or anoint anyone with oil.

    On the other hand, the group is deeply invested in each other and in the circles they travel in…the good outweighs the bad, I think.

  9. Linn says:

    We all have different needs and technology fills many of them. I just read an online article about how Chinese evangelical churches are doing more services online as the government continues to harass them. My church had a strong online presence during the pandemic , and it continues in two languages. I do a Bible study online and teach my ESL class to Japan. But, I love to gather, sing, and do communion. And, I love my four year old class!

    I believe the pandemic taught the church how to do online programs and we need to use it wisely.

  10. Michael says:

    Linn,

    I am concerned about the fact that online gathering strikes another blow on real community….but most of the churches I’ve attended didn’t have much community anyway.

    I was born way too late…my idea of how church should work is very parish oriented…but those days are gone.

  11. Linn says:

    Michael,

    My current church is quite local to my area. We have a few people who drive in more than 10 miles (that’s local where I live). We actually encourage people to find a closer church if the live out of the area.. Last year, when we realized how many of our folks were driving from the northern edge of our large city, we began a church plant in that area. It’s doing well, attracting new folks as well as retaining the original members who transferred over.

    People used to stay in contact for years with letters. Now we have technology. I think we’ll just need to prayerfully adjust as we seek the best use if it for the church.

  12. Michael says:

    Linn,

    It sounds to me like you’re in a good place…I’m not sure any of us know how to fully navigate all that’s in front of us…

  13. Linn says:

    Michael,

    I was petrified when I realized I would be teaching 250 kids online. Lots of prayers, a few missteps, learning to always keep my students’ emotional well-being in mind, and it was a positive experience. I’m the oldest,least “techie” teacher in my division, and I ended up with a special recognition from my principal ( with some extra cash) for doing an exemplary job. I think so much of it goes back to the old medical adage “ do no harm.” When we seek God’s will in hard circumstances, I believe He will help us make the best of it.

  14. McGarrett says:

    Why would Harvest Crusades have to move out of Angel Stadium? I am an Angel fan, but their season is always over by Sept 30! October is always a nice warm month. They have always done Motorcross there during the Winter. I would think that after covering the field, covering it with dirt, and then cleaning it all up, this would do more harm to the grass!

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