Posts Tagged ‘Church’

Searching for a Home

Posted by    |    January 20th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

My husband and I are currently looking for a new Church here in Dallas.  I have been going to a larger mega-Church in Southlake for years and my husband has been absent in the Church scene for quite awhile. (more…)

God Escapes the Sloan Scale of Value in Munger Place Church

Posted by    |    January 19th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I have come to realize that I measure how much I LOVE something in direct relation to how much I LOATHED it before. Southwest Airlines is a perfect example. I honestly considered them a near dangerous airline. I don’t know why, they always just seemed less professional to me, or sub-par, and that in turn made me think that death was imminent via plane crash (I think those disturbing backwards seats played a role in my perception as well). However, Southwest has made a comeback in my eyes. They’ve upgraded their fleet with new flashy colors (and a paint job that doesn’t scream this plane hasn’t been touched since 1972), the staff is not only kind, professional and helpful, they’re laugh out loud funny. Not to mention, their commercials are the jam. I LOVE Southwest! (and don’t typically use exclamation points). I have no doubt that in my twisted head, it’s an absolute correlation to exactly how awful I used to think Southwest was as an airline. It’s just my MO in placing value on something, or anything. (more…)

Finding Community in a City of 6 Million

Posted by    |    August 4th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

My wife and I just recently moved to Dallas from Tulsa so that I could begin my studies at Dallas Theological Seminary.  Like most non-Dallasites, we were quickly taken aback, not just at the abundance of churches in the Greater Dallas metroplex, but also with the multitudes that inhabited them.  With countless of churches whose congregations range in the thousands, my wife and I asked ourselves “how do you find community here?”

The past few months I have been observing how people do community here in Dallas.  I  thought I would do the layman some service and give you these “how-to’s” in creating community in any church you step into.

1. The Bro Hug – This is a staple in all Christian circles. Fellas, you will want to learn this because you will be using this a lot.  The “bro hug” is achieved by taking your right hand and slapping your acquaintances hand while simultaneously using your grip to pull him into your chest, while taking your left hand and patting him on the back three times (three times because God is trinity; be theological in your greetings). (more…)

In the Land of Mega-Churches

Posted by    |    June 24th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Elevate Life Church just announced their plans to build a brand new 10-story cathedral addition to their current location in Frisco. Everything is truly “bigger in Texas” when it comes to churches — from Joel Osteen’s 25,000-member Lakewood Church in Houston to the North Texas giants like Fellowship Church (six campuses!),  Prestonwood Baptist in Plano, and Potter’s House in South Dallas. But do we really need another large church?  While Prestonwood, Fellowship, and Potter’s House all have a heart for the community and outreach, are we really seeing that many new converts? Or are current members just swapping one church for another when they are confronted with something they don’t like? I wonder what it would be like to be with a church through thick and thin for 50 years like my grandparents. What do they know that I don’t?