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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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
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Preaching Politics from the Pulpit: Is It Permitted?
Posted: October 4, 2012 - 12:51 pm
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In my visits to various churches in the Anchorage - Mat/Su area over the past 12 years, I've heard politics coming from the pulpits of some churches. As we are in the heat of the political season during this presidential election year, some churches may be tempted to delve into politics. Churches that do so risk losing their tax exemptions.
The Pew Forum has just released its latest guide:
Preaching Politics From the Pulpit:
2012 Guide to IRS Rules on Political Activity by Religious Organizations.
This valuable guide is available in it's entirety as a download below.