How To Read the News

Good journalism should help readers make sense of the world. It should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. It should expose the truth no matter how offensive that truth is. Aren’t those exactly the things good ministry does as well? If we’ll learn to be savvy news consumers, we’ll be better equipped to engage and influence the culture around us.

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On Notre Dame and Sacred Spaces

That is why the invitation extended to us by sacred spaces is so important. The reverent hush of an empty room and the flickering light of an altar candle speak to us on a spiritual level.

Churches are more than civic groups, and their buildings are more than lecture halls. At their best, churches are what the Celts called thin places, holy sites where the distance between heaven and Earth seems wispy and transparent. Places where one can imagine a divine finger reaching down in complement to humankind's dusty stone attempts to reach up.

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Crossfit Is Showing Christians How to Suffer Together

That idea of shared suffering is an important element for faith communities to consider. Often, churches, mosques, temples and synagogues work hard to make their gatherings easy — easy to park, easy to find a seat, easy to get coffee and enjoy yourself. But most of those faiths also teach that true devotion is hard. It involves suffering, surrender, accountability and sacrifice; all things that are part of the CrossFit experience.

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Do Large Churches Face Heightened Risks?

"The nature of [the Christian] concept of the flesh is that we are bent toward being self-preserving and self-exalting. Somehow that bent gets fed and flourishes as we become more visible to an approving public," he said. "Leading a very large church can be extremely difficult to do well, and almost dangerous from that standpoint."

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