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Source: The Wall Street Journal As thousands close across the U.S., lively new congregations are taking their place. By Ericka Andersen As thousands of churches close across the U.S., many fret about the inevitable decline of faith in American life. Congregational demise is troubling, but underreported data suggest that fear of a secularizing America may be overwrought. A religious renewal could be on the horizon. It’s true that denomination-based churches—Methodist, Baptist, Episcopal, Catholic—have been on a downward slope for years. But nondenominational evangelical churches are growing in number, from 54,000 in 1998 to 84,000 in 2012, according to the Journal for…

Source: OINOS Educational Services | (Rev. Fr.) Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D. To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. Edmund Burke Once upon a time a large boulder obstructed the middle of an ancient roadway. To get around it travelers were obliged to veer off to either side of the road. As they passed, they would shake their heads and mutter, “What an inconvenience, someone should get that big thing out of the way.”

After many years, a visitor finally came along and decided to move the large impediment. The entire neighborhood watched as the stranger used a sturdy…

Source: Oinos Consulting: “Frankly Speaking” – Weekly Commentary on Church, Culture and Commerce | (Rev. Fr.) Frank Marangos, Ed.D. Between stimulus and response there is a space. The space to choose the power of our response. In our attitude lies our growth and our freedom. Viktor E. Frankl While visiting his grandfather’s farm a young boy was charmed by the lively activity of the chickens. “For such a small number,” he thought, “they sure make a great deal of noise and commotion.” The young boy decided, “they ain’t got it.” Turning away, he walked over to the corral and observed…