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March 29, 2020

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March 29, 2020

In recent weeks we have all been faced with a new reality.  Gatherings of large groups are a "no-no" and will not be occurring for at least the next several weeks, if not the next few months.  In this time period I have become very grateful for the efforts of many to provide online sermons, classes and devotionals to "feed the flock."  These tools are very useful and certainly provide comfort, needed direction and encouragemen...

March 3, 2020

I find it very significant that on the last night of His life Jesus talked a lot about joy.  Not exactly the topic you would expect from somebody about to be tortured and killed.  Is that what I would talk about in those circumstances?  I really doubt it.  I find that when I am facing difficulties and challenges I have a tendency to be consumed by them and tend not to find relief until they are over.  I also find that I easily...

April 13, 2019

In his book "Set Free" Dr. Jack Cottrell addresses a very important issue, assurance of salvation.  He brings up the point that "one of the most important aspects of the Christian life, one that God has promised and that every Christian should possess, seems to be missing in the lives of many."  In fact, some of the greatest fears of religious people are death and the final judgement.  I find it very significant that some of t...

December 22, 2018

​Perhaps more than any other time of year, Christmas is the time when we think about joy. Whether it is while we sing "Joy to the World", or hear the scriptures declare that the coming of Jesus is "good news of great joy", the possibility and expectation of joy during this time of year is frequently before us.  Many of us also expect to experience joy from extra time with friends and family.  Why is it that these expectations...

June 21, 2018

The following article is by Todd Dildine.  Todd is a Pastor of a neighborhood church in Chicago and is passionate about helping the church navigate the challenges of post-Christendom.  In this article he uses the instruments of social science to address the declining attendance rate in the American church and what to do about it!  This article is the fourth and last in this series.  I personally believe that this article is th...

June 10, 2018

The following article is by Todd Dildine.  Todd is a Pastor of a neighborhood church in Chicago and is passionate about helping the church navigate the challenges of post-Christendom.  In this article he uses the instruments of social science to address the declining attendance rate in the American church and what to do about it!  This article is the third of  a four part series.  

- John Porter

This is...

May 30, 2018

The following article is by Todd Dildine.  Todd is a Pastor of a neighborhood church in Chicago and is passionate about helping the church navigate the challenges of post-Christendom.  In this article he uses the instruments of social science to address the declining attendance rate in the American church and what to do about it!  This article is the second of  a four part series.  

- John Porter

First,...

May 22, 2018

The following article is by Todd Dildine.  Todd is a Pastor of a neighborhood church in Chicago and is passionate about helping the church navigate the challenges of post-Christendom.  In this article he uses the instruments of social science to address the declining attendance rate in the American church and what to do about it!  This article is the first of a 4 part series by Todd that I will be posting over the next several...

January 30, 2018