Shannon T.L. Kearns
Shannon T.L. Kearns
December, 2011
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What I Miss About My Evangelical Days Part Nine
December 30, 2011
personal

In part one I wrote about Christian books and bookstores, in part two about worship (particularly music), in part three about Bible study, in part four about involvement, in part five about prayer, in part six about ordination, in part seven about emotion and in part eight about baptism and three fold communion. This is the final part of this series (except for a wrap up post on Monday!). In this final post I want to talk about something I…

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What I Miss About My Evangelical Days Part Eight
December 29, 2011
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In part one I wrote about Christian books and bookstores, in part two about worship (particularly music), in part three about Bible study, in part four about involvement, in part five about prayer, in part six about ordination, and in part seven about emotion. In the tradition in which I grew up we practiced the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist in a very different way than the mainline church (and even some other evangelical churches). Baptism was only for adults…

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What I Miss About My Evangelical Days Part Seven
December 28, 2011
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In part one I wrote about Christian books and bookstores, in part two about worship (particularly music), in part three about Bible study, in part four about involvement, in part five about prayer and in part six about ordination. I miss the sense of emotion that I found in the evangelical church. When I was involved in the evangelical church my emotions were often engaged in worship. And not just in worship, but even in my personal devotional life. When…

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What I Miss From My Evangelical Days Part 6
December 27, 2011
personal

In part one I wrote about Christian books and bookstores, in part two about worship (particularly music), in part three about Bible study, in part four about involvement, and in part five about prayer. The next thing I really miss from my Evangelical days is the different understanding they have of ordination. It’s a much different process in the Evangelical church. There isn’t as much emphasis on degrees and ordination councils, exams, interviews, etc. It’s much more about one’s calling…

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Christmas Reflection 2011
December 26, 2011
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Every year at the church I work at, the Sunday after Christmas (or, in the case of this year, on Christmas) is a service of lessons and carols. This year I was assigned “Once In Royal David’s City”. The following is the reflection I offered. Once in royal David’s city, Stood a lowly cattle shed, Where a mother laid her baby In a manger for His bed: Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little child. Once In Royal…

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What I Miss About My Evangelical Days Part 5
December 23, 2011
personal

In part one I wrote about Christian books and bookstores, in part two about worship (particularly music), in part three about Bible study and in part four about involvement. I miss extemporaneous prayer. Actually, more than just extemporaneous prayer, I miss the emphasis on prayer in general. In most mainline churches prayer seems to be a bit of an afterthought. Certainly we pray during the worship service: We pray written down, in unison prayers. We pray the Lord’s Prayer. The…

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What I Miss From My Evangelical Days Part 4
December 22, 2011
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In part one I wrote about Christian books and bookstores, in part two about worship (particularly music), and in part three about Bible study. Another thing that I really miss about my evangelical church experience was the sense of involvement. The church I grew up in wasn’t huge, but it wasn’t tiny either. I’d say there were a couple hundred people there on Sunday mornings. I always had the sense, though, that I could be involved. I was at church…

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What I Miss About My Evangelical Days part 3
December 21, 2011
personal

This is the third part of my series “What I Miss About My Evangelical Days.” In part one I wrote about missing Christian books and bookstores, and in part two I wrote about worship and music. Another thing I really miss about my evangelical days is Bible study. When I was growing up everything was centered around the Bible. I spent time memorizing it, studying it, and being taught it. We would have sermon series where we would work our…

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What I Miss About My Evangelical Days: Pt. 2
December 20, 2011
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I’ve been writing about the things I miss from my evangelical days. I wrote here about my experience of christian books/bookstores. This is the next post in that series. One of the things I really miss about my evangelical days is the worship. I miss having worship (particularly music) that moves me and worship songs that I can actually sing. I come from a tradition that did worship music in a way that was emotionally meaningful to me. It was…

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What I Miss From My Evangelical Days: Pt. 1
December 19, 2011
personal

Last week I wrote a post entitled “I Want More” and in it I briefly mentioned my evangelical past and a bit about what I miss. Writing that post got me thinking. I spent the majority of my life in the fundamentalist evangelical church. I needed to leave it for my own health and wellbeing (both physical and spiritual). It has been a long road from there to here one fraught with reframing, reclaiming, and re-envisioning. I feel like I…

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