Articles from Darrel Hofland's Sacred Spaces

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 […]

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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