Wonderfully made: How churches are seizing on gallery spaces for art

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churches:LEXINGTON, Mass. (RNS) When psychologist Bob Bass retired five years ago, he knew his photography hobby would be good for his spiritual well-being. But he never expected an evangelical megachurch would help him, a liberal Unitarian, become a full-fledged artist. That’s what’s happened through the Grace Chapel Art Gallery in Lexington, Mass., one of hundreds that have cropped up or expanded in U.S. churches over the past decade. At Grace, a simple hallway has become a destination, not only for local art lovers but also for budding talents like Bass,…

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3 Ways Churches Can Bridge the “Marriage Divide”

With so much of the focus on the same-sex marriage debate, we American Christians sometimes forget the “other” marriage problem. Namely, there are fewer and fewer weddings in many segments of the population. And the impact is devastating.First, the good news: college-educated men and women have strong, stable marriages for the most part. Divorce rates continue to drop, and children from these marraiges usually grow up with both a mom and a dad. That gives these kids a big boost in terms of their faith, finances, life success, and health.However,…

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Fatherless Churches

Almost fifty years ago, when the Catholic Church unveiled its new rite of Mass in the Sistine Chapel, Cardinal John Heenan, then Archbishop of Westminster, remarked that if the Church used the new liturgy in ordinary parishes it would “soon be left with a congregation mostly of women and children.” In 1967, Heenan could proudly assert that in his country “not only women and children but also fathers of families and young men” regularly attended Mass.

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How Should I Benefit from Communion?

At a time when Reformed churches are taking the celebration and frequency of the Lord’s Supper more seriously, the question ‘How Should I Benefit From Communion?’ is timely. Many helpful books and articles have been written on how the believer can and should benefit from partaking the Lord’s Supper. At the heart of most of them the believer is encouraged to meditate on Christ, particularly on his self-giving, love constraining sacrifice. We can be sure that we will derive no benefit from the Supper if the Father’s love, the Son’s…

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God’s Mighty Men

God’s Mighty Men :When David Livingstone, the missionary pioneer, was working in Africa, some friends wrote: “We would like to send other men to you. Have you found a good road into your area yet?”Livingstone wrote back: “If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.” (In Reader’s Digest [8/89], p. 143.)By way of contrast, a cartoon in Leadership (Summer, 1988, p. 81) poked fun at…

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