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Attend Church or Else!

by Greg Albrecht Editor's Note: Just what it means to "be" and "do" and "go to" church is a controversial topic within Christendom. Of course there are vested interests, so that the discussion is rarely objective. One of our readers/listeners introduced this conversation, as he reported his response to an article by a pastor (in italics) he felt to be manipulative and self-serving (our reader's response in regular type). We invite you to be the judge of that! My wife recently brought home a pastoral newsletter from the church she occasionally attends. I read the lead article and couldn't believe what I was reading. Have I just gone completely ...

August 2017

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Brad Jersak: Moving On... Faith after Evangelicalism – pg. 1 Brian Zahnd: Vive la Revolution! – pg. 7 Zack Hunt: Do Only Christians Go to Heaven? – pg. 8 Danielle Schroyer: On Wisdom Amidst the Crowd – pg. 11 Brad Jersak: Teaching the Cross to Children – pg. 12 Richard Rohr: Trinitarian Revolution – pg. 14 Greg Albrecht: “Is the Bible 'the Word of God'?" -pg. 15 CLICK on MAGAZINE COVER BELOW for Flipping Page Format

Irreligious Christianity and Christ-centered Faith – Greg Albrecht

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“I Haven’t Seen You Lately!”

By Greg Albrecht— A friend of mine who attends her church on a fairly regular basis missed a few weeks in a row. When she returned, one of the "church ladies" greeted her with: "I haven't seen you lately!" Of course, the "church lady" meant she hadn't seen my friend lately at church, and that was a cause for concern. "I haven't seen you lately" might include the following thoughts: • First, let's assume the best. This greeting might be intended to communicate the fact that my friend was genuinely missed, and that her return was warmly welcomed. However, "I am glad to see you. How are you?" might avoid the extra helping of guilt and ...

I Want to See

By Greg Albrecht— For the last time during his earthly ministry, Jesus was en route to Jerusalem. He had only a few days left in his earthly life—with every step he took toward Jerusalem he knew he was that much closer to the awful pain and suffering that awaited him. The road took him through Jericho, a city located about 17 miles northeast of Jerusalem. It was just before Passover—one of the three times in the year when pilgrims traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate the feasts of the old covenant. So the road was crowded with travelers, and as a result there were many others alongside the road—small businessmen and entrepreneurs, as well as ...

May 2017

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Articles: Blessings - Why You... and Not Someone Else? – pg. 1 The Stretch Marks of a Mother's Love – pg. 2 A Covenant... Not a Contract! – pg. 6 Dog's Grace – pg. 7 Quotes & Connections – pg. 8 CLICK on MAGAZINE COVER BELOW for Flipping Page Format  

April 2017

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Brad Jersak: The Wounds that Heal – pg. 1 Cindy Brandt: Easter: The Game Changer – pg. 6 Paul Young: The Shack - Interview with Paul Young – pg. 7 Greg Albrecht: "Have I truly accepted Christ?" – pg. 10 Greg Albrecht: The Mother of Us All – pg. 11 Brad Jersak: The Great Descent – pg. 15 CLICK on MAGAZINE COVER BELOW for Flipping Page Format

The Canary in the Coal Mine

By Greg Albrecht— Years ago, coal miners took a caged canary down into the mine with them, because canaries are extremely sensitive to carbon monoxide and methane. The earliest mines didn't have ventilation systems, so canaries helped detect toxic gases long before humans could. The canaries served as a warning system, an audible and a visual cue as to the condition of the air the miners were breathing. As long as the miners could see that the canary was alive, and could hear the canary singing, the miners knew that the air was safe to breathe. A silent, dead canary meant that the miners needed to evacuate immediately—their environment ...

March 2017

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Articles: Two Parades – pg. 1 A Son or a Hired Hand? – pg. 2 Grace Notes – pg. 5 No More Gatekeepers – pg. 7 Quotes & Connections – pg. 8 CLICK on MAGAZINE COVER BELOW for Flipping Page Format  

February 2017

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Greg Albrecht: How Great is the Love? – pg. 1 Cindy Brandt: Outgrowing the Christian Bubble – pg. 5 Rob Grayson: Fear God... Or Fear Not? – pg. 7 Greg Albrecht: "I feel like I never do anything right!" – pg. 9 Jeff K. Clarke: This World IS My Home and I am NOT Just Passing Through! – pg. 10 Josh Valley: Being Cross-shaped in a World Bent out of Shape – pg. 13 Brad Jersak: Ghouls, Ghosts... and Gospel! – pg. 15 CLICK on MAGAZINE COVER BELOW for Flipping Page Format

I Was Once a Card-Carrying Cult Member

By Greg Albrecht— I was once a card-carrying cult member. I bought into the teachings of Herbert W. Armstrong (the collective body of these teachings today is often called Armstrongism) hook, line and sinker. I was a true believer. It's fascinating to see the reactions of people when I tell them I was once in a cult. If I'm talking with a group of people and the subject comes up, it's as if all the air has suddenly been sucked out of the room. Everyone gets really quiet, while they wait for me to start telling lurid stories about how I once sacrificed goats and defaced cemeteries. Polite society, especially "good, church-going folks" tend to ...

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

By Greg Albrecht— We hear the word "love" a lot at this time of the year—we see hearts liberally sprinkled everywhere as Valentine's Day is promoted and observed. Let's spend some time thinking about God's love. When we were a lot younger than we are now, back in the olden days, when we had a crush on someone, and we weren't really sure whether they liked us or not, we would find a flower and begin to pull its petals, playing the "he loves me, he loves me not" game. The last petal left on the flower answered the question, didn't it? Many of us, without critically analyzing it, actually reduce ourselves to playing a similar game with God. ...