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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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

Robin Meyers, "Underground Church" Author, at St. Mary’s This Weekend

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Looking for a spiritual challenge? If so then don’t miss hearing Robin Meyers this weekend. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, in the inaugural event of The Carolyn Penniman Wohlforth lecture series, is bringing Meyers to town for a weekend of presentations.

Dr. Meyers is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, a tenured professor in the philosophy department at Oklahoma City University, an author, a syndicated columnist, and an award-winning commentator for National Public Radio. He has been the Senior Minister of Mayflower Congregational UCC church of Oklahoma City since 1985, the fastest growing UCC church in the Kansas Oklahoma conference.

The author of five books, his most recent book is The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus. In it Meyers proposes that the faithful recapture the spirit of the early church with its emphasis on what Christians do rather than what they believe. He also proposes that the best way to recapture the spirit of the early Christian church is to recognize that Jesus-following was and must be again subversive in the best sense of the word because the gospel taken seriously turns the world upside down. No matter how the church may organize itself or worship, the defining characteristic of church of the future will be its Jesus-inspired countercultural witness.

--Friday, October 12, 7:00 p.m.
Lecture: The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus
--Saturday, October 13, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Presentation: The Risks and Rewards of Fearless Preaching (lunch available for $10)
--Saturday, October 13, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Workshop: The Seven Characteristics of the Underground Church
--Sunday, October 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Presentation: Saving Jesus From the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus
--Sunday, October 14, 11:30 a.m.
Service: Dr. Meyers preaching in worship from Gen. 1:26-31a on: Original Blessing.

All presentations at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Tudor & Lake Otis) and free of charge.

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