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Veritas Community Church

“Veritas also does the “series” thing where they pick a topic, design a really edgy graphic logo for it, and then preach on things surrounding that topic for a few weeks. Examples of past topics include: Practical Theology, Summer in the Pslams, The Problem of Pain, Grace is Tanglible, and so on…”

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“I’ve almost felt stupid lately. I always relied on my atheism to give me a sense of intellectual superiority. I didn’t believe any of that illogical Bible crap, I was smarter than that. Now that I’ve acknowledged my own ignorance and I’m exploring religion more, admitting it sometimes makes me embarrassed. I don’t have that intellect to fall back on, and I don’t have any proof. Admitting that I go to church and I’m trying to find God is admitting that I’m knowingly affiliating with this thing that has some serious flaws. It carries a lot of implications I don’t necessarily want to project…”

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King Avenue United Methodist Church

“I spend a lot of my own time trying to prove my worth. I want to prove to my employer that I’m a good employee, or to my friends that I’m a good friend, and I do have some level of constant anxiety that the people I depend on will suddenly decide I am not worthy. I know that is mostly unfounded, but I spend a decent amount of time worrying about losing all the lovely things I have in life instead of enjoying them…”

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St. Christopher Catholic Church

“So basically, the weeks where church feels the most like a burden are the weeks when I most need to go. The serenity of a church service comforts me now. Some parts are still not fun, I still have theological debates in my head, and I still have moments where I wonder if this blog was a good idea or not…”

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Radiant Life Church

“ I like that Radiant Life seems to encourage leadership. I can tell the lead pastors are old, and have been with the church since its very beginnings in 1980. They are proud of what they have built, but they are clearly raising up a group of young pastors and giving them the authority to lead prayers or take up church-wide initiatives…”

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Bethel Presbyterian

“The person is Jesus. He is the answer to your problems. Seems kind of broad and kind of like…the obvious point of the Christian church. But it was cute…”

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Trinity Episcopal Church on Capitol Square

“…Their pamphlet for the day described the service as the “Sixth Sunday of Easter” service and I thought, guys I think it’s time to move on from Easter, we get it. The message, however, didn’t really focus on the resurrection, so I think the service referred to Easter in name only…”

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Rock City

“Today was my second, and probably last, visit to a megachurch. I took on a church I had seen quite a few advertisements for in and around Columbus: Rock City. Rock City is “One City One Church” but comprised of four campuses across the Columbus area…”

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Worthington United Methodist

"The middle of the service includes seven minutes of silence, where you are encouraged to “let God speak to you” and to try to silently communicate with him. I did try to take that time to be open, to try to feel some spiritual energy in the room. I didn’t, really, but I did try to focus entirely on being in-the-moment and mindful of the journey I am on, which is a valuable exercise..."

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Stone Village Church

"...Stone Village seemed like an excellent place for me to go based on their website brand. Their worship page says “worship is how we connect with God and with one another as a community. For us, worship is not the pastor performing for the community; rather, we as community, led by the pastor, fully engage in all aspects of worship.” It seems very much like a church built on relationships and community. That being said, I should have been more prepared for what I experienced, which was a VERY INTIMATE church experience..."

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Easter Weekend

"I couldn’t have had two more different experiences. St. Joseph is an old, gothic cathedral. Crossroads is a modern megachurch. The Tenebrae service is very traditional and somber while Crossroads provided a multi-media Easter production. This seems somewhat appropriate since Good Friday marks Jesus’ death, and Easter his resurrection..."

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Commonway Church

"...It’s one of the most beautiful things when we hear about someone overcoming trauma or addiction or something equally troubling, and then using their story to help others. I agree that’s awesome. I agree there is strength in shared experiences, both negative and positive. I think that learning from loss and then trying to help someone else is lovely. That is my disclaimer, because what is to follow might sound like a contradiction to this..."

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