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YOU’RE ALL HERETICS AND SO AM I, IN A CITY WITH CHURCHES GALORE Churches come in all shapes and sizes now. You get to choose. And don’t we like that? We are Americans, after all — a country of religious heretics. I don’t mean we are all un-Orthodox believers; although some are. I mean heretics in the original sense of the Greek verb hairein, to choose. Heretics choose their own beliefs and go their own spiritual way, rather than conforming to the beliefs and practices of a tradition. The choosing now is often over what church to attend, which is recent phenomenon in the history of the world. Before we had 39 flavors of denomi-national churches and 27 varieties of non-denominational churches, before we had 11 versions of English Bible translations, and before we had decisions to make about choirs or praise bands, sermons or teaching talks, Sunday-go-to-meeting dress or non-business BAPTIST PARK CITIES BAPTIST CHURCH / 3933Northwest Pky / pcbc.org casual, we had parish churches Worship & Bible Study 9:15 & 10:45 Traditional, Contemporary, that everyone attended whether Spanish Speaking / 214.860.1500 you liked it or not. WILSHIRE BAPTIST / 4316 Abrams / 214.452.3100 Not that that way of Pastor George A. Mason Ph.D. / Worship 8:30 & 11:00 am Bible Study 9:40 am / www.wilshirebc.org churchgoing is Paradise Lost, but churches like that were generally smaller and always BIBLE CHURCHES NORTH HIGHLANDS BIBLE CHURCH / nhbc.net / 9626 Church Rd. intergenerational. You didn’t get Sun: LifeQuest 9:00 am / Worship 10:30 am / 214.348.9697 to choose your family or your Wed: AWANA and Kids Choir 6:00 pm / Student Ministry 7:00 pm church family. DISCIPLES OF CHRIST A new dust-up in church EAST DALLAS CHRISTIAN CHURCH / 629 N. Peak Street / 214.824.8185 circles came recently from an Sunday School 9:30 am / Worship 8:30 am -Chapel 10:50 am -Sanctuary / Rev. Deborah Morgan-Stokes / edcc.org Atlanta-based mega-church pastor who said this: LUTHERAN “When I hear adults say, ‘I FIRST UNITED LUTHERAN CHURCH / 6202 E Mockingbird Lane don’t like a big church. I like Sunday Worship Service 10:30 am / Call for class schedule. 214.821.5929 / www.dallaslutheran.org about 200. I wanna be able to know everybody,’ I say you NON-DENOMINATIONAL are so stinkin’ selfish. You care GATEWAY CHURCH / we’re all about people nothing about the next genera-12123 Hillcrest Road, 75230 / 469.801.7250 / gatewaydallas.com Grand Opening April 5–6 / Saturdays: 4 pm / Sundays: 9 & 10:45 am tion. All you care about is you and your five friends. You don’t care about your kids, anybody METHODIST LAKE HIGHLANDS UMC / 9015 Plano Rd. / 214.348.6600 / lhumc.com else’s kids. If you don’t go to a Sunday Morning: 9:30 am Sunday School / 10:30 am Coffee church large enough, where you Worship: 8:30 am & 11:00 am Traditional / 11:00 am Contemporary can have enough middle-school-ers and high-schoolers so they UNITY UNITY OF DALLAS / A Positive Path for Spiritual Living can have small groups and grow 6525 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75230 / 972.233.7106 / UnityDallas.org up the local church, you are a Sundays: 9:00 am Early Service, 11:00 am Celebration Service selfish adult. Get over it. Find yourself a big ol’ church where your kids can connect with a bunch of people, and grow up and love the local church. Instead, what do you do … you drag your kids to a church they hate, and then they grow up and hate the local church, and then they go off to college, and you pray there’ll be a church in their college town that they connect with, and guess what: All those churches are big, the kind of church you WORSHIP “I want to thank my parents for not asking my opinion about where we went to church and they didn’t teach me that the world revolved around me and my happiness.” don’t like. Don’t attend a church that teaches your children to hate church.” So many things to say about this, but before I do, I should give full disclosure that am the pastor of a church that is large by most standards, but not close to mega-church size. Our church is big enough to have diverse programming for all, with staff ministers for each age group. So we probably quality for the “unselfish” choice of church he advocates. I grew up in a small church I mostly hated as a kid. I knew and was known by all the adults. I ended up loving the church enough to serve it vocationally. Which makes me want to thank my parents for not asking my opinion about where we went to church. They weren’t being selfish; they were being adults. And they didn’t teach me that the world revolved around me and my happiness. I choose to believe God can shape faith and character into children and youth through small, medium and large-size churches. But maybe that’s just the heretic in me. George Mason is pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church. The Worship section is underwritten by Advocate Publishing and the neighborhood businesses and churches listed here. For information about helping support the Worship section, call 214.560.4202 . Special Advertising Section

Worship Listings

BAPTIST

PARK CITIES BAPTIST CHURCH / 3933Northwest Pky / pcbc.org Worship & Bible Study 9:15 & 10:45 Traditional, Contemporary, Spanish Speaking / 214.860.1500

WILSHIRE BAPTIST / 4316 Abrams / 214.452.3100 Pastor George A. Mason Ph.D. / Worship 8:30 & 11:00 am Bible Study 9:40 am / www.wilshirebc.org

BIBLE CHURCHES

NORTH HIGHLANDS BIBLE CHURCH / nhbc.net / 9626 Church Rd. Sun: LifeQuest 9:00 am / Worship 10:30 am / 214.348.9697 Wed: AWANA and Kids Choir 6:00 pm / Student Ministry 7:00 pm

DISCIPLES OF CHRIST

EAST DALLAS CHRISTIAN CHURCH/ 629 N. Peak Street / 214.824.8185 Sunday School 9:30 am / Worship 8:30 am - Chapel 10:50 am - Sanctuary / Rev. Deborah Morgan-Stokes / edcc.org

LUTHERAN

FIRST UNITED LUTHERAN CHURCH / 6202 E Mockingbird Lane Sunday Worship Service 10:30 am / Call for class schedule. 214. 821.5929 / www.dallaslutheran.org

NON-DENOMINATIONAL

GATEWAY CHURCH / we’re all about people 12123 Hillcrest Road, 75230 / 469.801.7250 / gatewaydallas.com Grand Opening April 5–6 / Saturdays: 4 pm / Sundays: 9 & 10:45 am

METHODIST

LAKE HIGHLANDS UMC / 9015 Plano Rd. / 214.348.6600 / lhumc.com Sunday Morning: 9:30 am Sunday School / 10:30 am Coffee Worship: 8:30 am & 11:00 am Traditional / 11:00 am Contemporary

UNITY

UNITY OF DALLAS / A Positive Path for Spiritual Living 6525 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75230 / 972.233.7106 / UnityDallas.org Sundays: 9:00 am Early Service, 11:00 am Celebration Service

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