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
Advent Reflection - Edward Fudge
- 12/1/2013 4:25 pm
Bean's Cafe - Helping in Love By Serving Thanksgiving Meals
- 11/27/2013 11:32 pm
St. Mary’s Episcopal – Open Arms - Helping Hands
- 11/27/2013 6:24 am
Thanksgiving Blessing Tomorrow – 11/25/13
- 11/24/2013 8:38 pm
Thanksgiving Sermons – Will Preachers Upset or Avoid?
- 11/23/2013 5:26 pm
Grandview Baptist Church – Some Rough Moments
- 11/23/2013 4:36 pm
Beer & Hymns for LSSA - Sunday@6:30 pm
- 11/9/2013 8:02 am
Great Land Christian - Awesome Revisit!
- 10/30/2013 1:31 pm
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Beer & Hymns Coming - April 7
Posted: April 1, 2013 - 10:15 pm
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Foodstock VI - Beer & Hymns, a fundraising ministry of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church will be held at O'Brady's in the Carrs-Huffman mall on April 7 from 6-8 p.m. In addition to having a wonderful time singing hymns and enjoying fellowship with a fine group of Christians, you will be helping fill the depleted LSSA food pantry.
To find out what Beer & Hymns gatherings are all about Google search beer and hymns for some engaging videos on this wonderful innovation. These fests are on the rise in the U.S. and Great Britain. I'll be there and hope to see you too!Beer & Hymns Poster