The Church as Welcome Mat

The Church as Welcome Mat

“Come as you are.” The church could be considered God’s welcome mat. But so often, when people arrive, they feel as if the rug has been pulled from under them.  While walking through a church’s doors is easy, staying can be a slippery slope. After the right hand of...
The Cooking of the Greens

The Cooking of the Greens

With Advent underway, many churches have held a celebratory service to adorn the sanctuary with festive decorations—wreaths, of course, and forests of poinsettias. Chrismon trees are popular, as worshipers happily hang Styrofoam alphas and omegas along with oversized...