Articles from Darrel Hofland's Sacred Spaces

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 […]

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the […]

Backwards Christmas Story Part 1 – The Question

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Today is the last installment of this week’s Backwards Christmas Story.  Hope you have enjoyed it. Part 2 here Backwards Christmas Story Part 1 – The Question THEN That stable was crowded. I don’t usually like crowds on the best of days. But our visitors.  They came with good tidings. They didn’t smother […]

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