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 do millennials look for in worship?
- 4/11/2014 10:29 pm
Church Visits: Visits to 2 churches leave 2 different impressions
- 4/4/2014 9:19 pm
Church Visits: Research underscores deeper church attendance issues
- 3/28/2014 9:19 pm
Church Visits: It's time we get back to observing the Sabbath
- 3/21/2014 8:30 pm
Church Visits: Look deeper into Lent than just 'give-ups'
- 3/14/2014 10:37 pm
First Congregational Church Revisit: Not Bad - Room to Grow
- 3/14/2014 11:23 am
Church Visits: Pastors mark start of Lent by taking ashes to the people
- 3/8/2014 10:56 am
Church Visits: Tools for finding the right church for you
- 3/1/2014 3:03 pm
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Thanksgiving Thought to Ponder - Walter Brueggemann
Posted: November 21, 2012 - 10:28 am
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Respected theologian Walter Brueggemann has penned this thoughtful observation about Thanksgiving.
"Thanksgiving is a contradiction of the values of a market economy that imagines we are self-made and can be self-sufficient. When we give thanks, we commit an act of defiance against the seductions of our society. . . We may sing all kinds of patriotic songs and feast to satiation on Thanksgiving Day. Beyond all of that is our acknowledgement that life is a gift that evokes response. We are never self-starters. The drive for self-sufficiency is an unnecessary and futile idolatry."