Church Visits

Visiting Churches: Chris Thompson (stainedglass) is an amateur Alaskan biblical scholar and student of religion, especially as it relates to popular culture. He regularly attends national and regional American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature events to interact with and learn from worldwide religion scholars. Through unannounced mystery visits to churches in Anchorage and South-Central Alaska, he observes how guests (visitors) are treated during this initial church visit. Research indicates guests first visit perceptions affects further spiritual growth and religious attitudes as they search for a church home. Chris' church visits focus primarily on Christian churches. This blog contains accounts of those visits, and related posts about religion in culture. Chris looks for the following in his visits:

•Genuine welcome, true Christian hospitality

•Friendliness and warmth

•Effective, well-delivered, Bible-based, main teaching

•Music deepening the worship, not just entertainment

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Chris Thompson’s email: churchvisits@gmail.com

Significant 2013 Church Visits Posts

Top Ten Issues Local Churches Must Address in 2013

Ten Things Churches Did That Blew Me Away In 2012

Guest Post: Why Theology Matters to Musicians

Church Visits: What's it like visiting a church with a guest-friendly service? - 7/5/2014 2:08 pm

Church Visits: 10 excuses people give for not attending church - 6/28/2014 11:21 am

Church Visits: Religious pluralism in Alaska here to stay - 6/21/2014 8:28 am

Church Visits: Welcoming churches can reverse attendance slump - 6/14/2014 9:21 am

Crosspoint Community Church Revisit – May 11, 2014 - 6/13/2014 1:44 pm

Church Visits: 5 easy ways to increase your biblical literacy - 6/7/2014 5:23 pm

Church Visits: Cardinal Dolan discusses the pastoral challenges facing Pope Francis - 5/31/2014 1:07 pm

Beast Feast: Great Food and Conversation - 5/30/2014 10:10 pm

Church Visits: What's it like visiting a church with a guest-friendly service?

ADN now publishes a weekly Church Visits article on the Religion Page in Saturday's paper. Today's article can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Blog posts of my church visits and other faith-related issues continue, but with fewer postings each month. The Church Visits article will highlight commentary on important local and national religion issues. These articles will usually be available through ADN's online edition, hyperlink posts, and Twitter feeds from me by midnight Friday nights.

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Church Visits: 10 excuses people give for not attending church

ADN now publishes a weekly Church Visits article on the Religion Page in Saturday's paper. Today's article can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Blog posts of my church visits and other faith-related issues continue, but with fewer postings each month. The Church Visits article will highlight commentary on important local and national religion issues. These articles will usually be available through ADN's online edition, hyperlink posts, and Twitter feeds from me by midnight Friday nights.

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Church Visits: Religious pluralism in Alaska here to stay

ADN now publishes a weekly Church Visits article on the Religion Page in Saturday's paper. Today's article can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Blog posts of my church visits and other faith-related issues continue, but with fewer postings each month. The Church Visits article will highlight commentary on important local and national religion issues. These articles will usually be available through ADN's online edition, hyperlink posts, and Twitter feeds from me by midnight Friday nights.

read more »

Church Visits: Welcoming churches can reverse attendance slump

ADN now publishes a weekly Church Visits article on the Religion Page in Saturday's paper. Today's article can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Blog posts of my church visits and other faith-related issues continue, but with fewer postings each month. The Church Visits article will highlight commentary on important local and national religion issues. These articles will usually be available through ADN's online edition, hyperlink posts, and Twitter feeds from me by midnight Friday nights.

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Crosspoint Community Church Revisit – May 11, 2014

Sunday, May 11 found me entering Crosspoint Community Church for a revisit. My last visit to Crosspoint was posted over 5 ½ years ago. That visit review can be accessed HERE . When I have a less than satisfying visit, longer intervals creep into my revisits. This of course is what happens to church guests with unsatisfactory visits, except they’re unlikely to ever revisit.

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Church Visits: 5 easy ways to increase your biblical literacy

ADN now publishes Church Visits as a column on the Religion Page in the Saturday paper. Saturday's column can be viewed by clicking HERE

My log posts of church visits and other faith-related issues will continue, but with fewer postings each month. The Church Visits column will highlight commentary on important local and national religion issues. These articles will usually be available through ADN's online edition, hyperlink posts, and Twitter feeds from me by midnight Friday nights.

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Church Visits: Cardinal Dolan discusses the pastoral challenges facing Pope Francis

ADN now publishes Church Visits as a column on the Religion Page in the Saturday paper. Saturday's column can be viewed by clicking HERE

My log posts of church visits and other faith-related issues will continue, but with fewer postings each month. The Church Visits column will highlight commentary on important local and national religion issues. These articles will usually be available through ADN's online edition, hyperlink posts, and Twitter feeds from me by midnight Friday nights.

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Beast Feast: Great Food and Conversation

Recently Bob Mather, Sr. Pastor of Baxter Road Bible Church, invited me to an event for men called Beast Feast. Held at the church on a Saturday afternoon, it featured wild game dishes and other tasty food brought by the men of this church.

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Church Visits: Are Christians too content with just being comfortable?

ADN is now publishing Church Visits as a column on the Religion Page in the Saturday paper. This Saturday's column can be viewed by clicking HERE

Blog postings of church visits and other faith-related issues will continue, but with fewer postings each month. This Church Visits column highlights commentary on important local and national religion issues. These articles will usually be available through ADN's online edition, hyperlink posts, and Twitter feeds from me by midnight Friday nights.

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Church Visits: At Seder, a community reflects on liberation from slavery

ADN is now publishing Church Visits as a column on the Religion Page in the Saturday paper. This Saturday's column can be viewed by clicking HERE

Blog postings of church visits and other faith-related issues will continue, but with fewer postings each month. This Church Visits column highlights commentary on important local and national religion issues. These articles will usually be available through ADN's online edition, hyperlink posts, and Twitter feeds from me by midnight Friday nights.

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Church Visits: Remembering mother, and a childhood raised in faith

ADN now runs Church Visits as a column on the Religion Page in the Saturday paper. This Saturday's column can be viewed by clicking HERE

Blog postings of church visits and other faith-related issues will continue, but with fewer postings each month. The column highlights commentary on important local and national religion issues. These articles will usually be available through ADN's online edition, hyperlink posts, and Twitter feeds from me by midnight Friday nights.

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Church B Revealed

Last month I wrote about my visits to two different churches in Anchorage, churches of differing faith traditions. I used my column to draw a contrast between them. As usual, some of those posting comments took the opportunity to poke fun at me and the words I wrote describing the differences between the services, and Christianity or religion in general. If you've not read this particular column, you can read it HERE.

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Church Visits: The Bible unlocks understanding but few in the US are reading it

ADN now runs Church Visits, a column on the Religion Page in the Saturday paper. This Saturday's column can be viewed by clicking HERE

Blog postings of church visits and other faith-related issues will continue, but with fewer postings each month. The column highlights commentary on important local and national religion issues. These articles will usually be available through ADN's online edition, hyperlink posts, and Twitter feeds from me by midnight Friday nights.

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Church Visits: When churches break up, it can be expensive

ADN now runs Church Visits, a feature article on the Religion Page in the Saturday paper. This Saturday's feature article can be viewed by clicking HERE

Blog postings of church visits and other faith-related issues will continue. The feature article highlights commentary on important local and national religion issues. These articles will be available through ADN's online edition, hyperlink posts, and Twitter feeds from me by midnight Friday nights (unless I'm ill like this weekend).

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Church Visits: Easter asks for our joy, not our spending

ADN now runs Church Visits, a feature article on the Religion Page in the Saturday paper. This Saturday's feature article can be viewed by clicking HERE

Blog postings of church visits and other faith-related issues will continue. The feature article highlights commentary on important local and national religion issues. These articles will be available through ADN's online edition, hyperlink posts, and Twitter feeds from me by midnight Friday nights (unless I'm ill like this weekend).

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Church Visits: What do millennials look for in worship?

ADN is now running Church Visits, a feature article on the Religion Page in the Saturday paper. This Saturday's feature article can be viewed by clicking HERE

Blog postings of church visits and other faith-related issues will continue. The feature article will highlight commentary on important local and national issues. These articles will be available in ADN's online edition, hyperlink posts, and Twitter feeds from me by midnight Friday nights.

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Church Visits: Visits to 2 churches leave 2 different impressions

ADN is now running Church Visits, a feature article on the Religion Page in the Saturday paper. This Saturday's feature article can be viewed by clicking HERE

Blog postings of church visits and other faith-related issues will continue. The feature article will highlight commentary on important local and national issues. These articles will be available in ADN's online edition and hyperlink posts by midnight Friday nights.

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Church Visits: Research underscores deeper church attendance issues

ADN is now running Church Visits, a feature article on the Religion Page in the Saturday paper. This Saturday's feature article can be viewed by clicking HERE

Blog postings of church visits and other faith-related issues will continue. The feature article will highlight commentary on important local and national issues. These articles will be available in ADN's online edition and hyperlink posts by midnight Friday nights.

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Church Visits: It's time we get back to observing the Sabbath

ADN is now running Church Visits, a feature article on the Religion Page in the Saturday paper. This Saturday's feature article can be viewed by clicking HERE

Blog postings of church visits and other faith-related issues will continue. The feature article will highlight commentary on important local and national issues. These articles will be available in ADN's online edition and hyperlink posts by midnight Friday nights.

read more »

Church Visits: Look deeper into Lent than just 'give-ups'

ADN is now running Church Visits, a feature article on the Religion Page in the Saturday paper. Today's feature can be viewed by clicking HERE

Blog postings of church visits and other faith-related issues will continue. The feature article will highlight commentary on important local and national issues. These articles will be available in ADN's online edition and hyperlink posts by midnight Friday nights.

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