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Your church is not a restaurant: the customer service mentality and its danger to the American church

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In America, where we have so many options with everything, every business with which we interact lives and dies on our satisfaction.

And we often treat churches in much the same way. Like it’s just another business that we’re patronizing. Where if you’re not happy with a church, if you decide you don’t like something about a church, it’s become so easy just to uproot and go to the next church.

It’s coming from a consumeristic mindset where we want the experience to revolve around us.

Methodist district to support international churches, despite moral disagreement

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I’ve been highly critical of the United Methodist Church. Earlier this year, the international denomination voted to maintain traditional marriage (the position that this denomination has always held). But my criticism comes for American Methodist churches who have sought to undermine and oppose what their own denomination voted on.

Rival gang members baptized together

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Gateway Church, a popular megachurch in Texas launched a new campus in a maximum security prison earlier this year. Last week, five inmates in solitary confinement were baptized. Part of what makes the story noteworthy is that the men come from rival gangs.

Many articles have discussed the risk to their own lives that these men were taking in being baptized with their enemies.

Fox News describes the scene:

Five of the men – confirmed gang or cartel members – were brought into the gymnasium, shackled hand and foot and around the waist, and they had to clear the prison because of safety concerns.