Articles from Darrel Hofland's Sacred Spaces

An honest interview with the church – Question 9 “Why are there so many churches? Shouldn’t there just be one church?”

QUESTION 9) Why are there so many churches?  Shouldn’t there just be one church? The Interviewer: So wherever you go, whatever town, there is often so many churches.  What’s the deal with that?  And why do a lot of them struggle to do things together?  Isn’t the church of God supposed to be unified? The […]

An honest interview with the church – Question 8) Is Jesus not just a product to the church like a soft drink is a product to a soft drink company?

QUESTION 8) Is Jesus not just a product to the church like a soft drink is a product to a soft drink company? The Interviewer: Over the last few years, I have noticed how the church seems to have become about “marketing Jesus” – as if He were a product.  A product that the church […]

An honest interview with the church – Question 7 “Is the church still relevant today? And why do Christians like holding hands? ;)”

AN HONEST INTERVIEW WITH THE CHURCH Question 7) Is the church still relevant today? And why do Christians like holding hands? ;) The Interviewer: I’m asking a double barrel question here.  The first one is the weightier one and the second one more in jest.  Do you think the church is still relevant today?  What […]

The Resurrection Bias

Originally posted on Of Colours and Discovery:
I was thinking recently how in these modern times on the faith in Jesus journey we have this resurrection bias. We look at the disciples who hid away in terror after the crucifixion of Jesus.  They were filled with confusion and fear.  What was going to happen?  He…

An honest interview with the Church – Question 6: Do I really need to participate (serve) in the life of the church?

QUESTION 6) Do I really need to participate (serve) in the life of the church? The Interviewer: What’s the deal with churches always asking us to “serve”?  They’re always asking for volunteers.  They lay it on thick:  “Jesus came to serve.”  And I’ve often left a service feeling despondent or carrying a sort of “Christian […]

Sacred Spaces 483 -Before Our Time

This song has popped up a few times in my life this week.  Via email or some form of social media.  So I guess it will be good to share it with you and take a break from the writing series “An honest interview with the church” It’s a song by Jon Foreman called Before our Time […]

An honest interview with the church (Question 5: What is with the whole “church membership” thing?)

AN HONEST INTERVIEW WITH THE CHURCH Question 5) What is with the whole “church membership” thing?   The Interviewer: Why are churches so obsessed with membership?  Sometimes I feel like the membership really is about the money.  The more members they have the more money (tithe) they will get. Some churches offer “membership courses.” Others […]

An honest interview with the church (Question 4 -What is with the “reading” of things off the screen?)

Introduction Question 1 / Part 1 Question 2 Question 3 here Question 4) What is with the “reading” of things off the screen? The Interviewer: In my occasional visits at various churches I have noticed that you church goers love reading things off the screen.  I believe, you call it: liturgy.  At times, I and […]

An honest interview with the church (Question 3: What is with the “predictability” of the order of a service?)

Previous posts here: Introduction Question 1 / Part 1 Question 2 Question 3) What is with the “predictability” of the order of a service? The Interviewer: On my visits to various church services; I have noted that the order of every service seem so similar and so predictable.  It’s like having the same thing on […]

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