10:31:55 PM # comment  trackback 
This Gospel Parallels shareware looks like it might be an interesting study tool, in the spirit of the Composite Gospel Index. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who's used it, particularly with respect to how the parallels are determined: i'd guess from some published source, of which there are many.
I'm still cataloging Gospel harmony resources here by the way (it's an OPML file).
10:18:24 PM # comment  trackback 
While i was at Ship Of Fools a few days ago, i discovered their Mystery Worshipper feature, where they provide a sort of review of different church services from England and beyond, including one not too far away from us in College Park.
This is something donna and i have talked about doing, as we're visiting various churches in the area. I'll bet a lot of people who are looking around might benefit from reading other people's opinions of churches: kind of like the book reviews on Amazon.
For example, last Sunday we had a lively time at Celebration Church in the Long Reach area of Columbia. Our two white faces felt a little out-of-place in an otherwise almost exclusively African-American congregational of hundreds. But when they welcome visitors at Celebration Church, you really feel welcomed: no token "how are you", there must have been twenty people that came up to us to welcome us, give us hugs and handshakes, and make us feel genuinely accepted. Since it was Sister Celebration Sunday, they had the entire front of the church full of women of all ages, down to young girls, leading the songs of praise. We found the energy and vitality of the service to be a real refreshment.
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