All articles by David Murrow
The altar girl controversy
Star of the Sea parish in San Francisco recently pulled the plug on its 20-year-long experiment with altar girls. The media saw this as a simple case of discrimination. But there’s more to the story…
Will individualism kill corporate worship?
If we come together to do our own thing, why even come together?
Why men don’t read the Bible
Polls indicate a high level of respect for and belief in the Bible – yet few people actually read it. Why is this? And by extension, why is it so hard to get Christian men to read their Bibles (or a Christian book)?
The Salvation Army’s man problem
Did you realize the Salvation Army is a church? It’s a denomination, just like Baptist or Methodist or Presbyterian. Salvationists hold weekly worship services. They have singing. Sermons. Socializing. But what they don’t have is many men.
Church builds on a military model
It’s led by a general, not a bishop. New members must sign a declaration of faith and practice known as Articles of War. And each member is referred to as a soldier. Sounds like some weird cult, doesn’t it? So what’s the name of this unusual church?
How to not be a hypocrite in 2015
As we enter 2015, I’d like to suggest a simple, 100% effective way to avoid becoming a hypocrite.
Why we blame institutions (including church) for everything
In the past fifty years our collective understanding of liability has changed radically. We used to blame individuals when things went bad – now we blame institutions. And that has serious implications for the church – because, whether we like it or not, the church is one of Western civilization’s bedrock institutions.
Archery-based church targets men
What happens when you put an archery range inside an abandoned grocery store and call it a church?
Stop telling me to fall in love with Jesus
When I think of my faith, I do not see it as a love affair. I don’t envision myself sitting across a table in a candlelit restaurant, staring into Jesus’ eyes, casually flirting with him. I don’t picture myself walking hand-in-hand on a beach, opening a love note from Jesus, or climbing into bed next to him.
Secularists doing the crazy stuff Christians used to do
Christians used to do some pretty crazy stuff. But in the past few years I’ve noticed the tables turning — secularists are now doing the nutty things religious zealots used to do.