Author Archives: Neil

Religion as a Glimpse

The following is part of my series on atheism and faith. The text below is largely based on a quote from, “A Room Called Remember,” an autobiography by Frederick Buechner. I’ve adapted it to clarify how I understand what he … Continue reading

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“Nones and Dones” and “Almost Dones” – WPLC(1)

“Nones and Dones” and “Almost Dones” is the first article in a series about why people leave church (W.P.L.C.), have left, or are thinking about leaving, …and what churches can do about it. This first article is mostly about what … Continue reading

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Associative Memory and Teaching in Sunday School

Associative Memory and Teaching in Sunday School an article by Neil MacQueen, www.sundaysoftware.com, about how our memories work, and how these insights should affect our teaching in Sunday School “We must learn how to remember because we must remember in order to … Continue reading

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Whose tomb is it really?

Boiled down to its core hope, following Jesus is about following him into heaven. That may sound silly to those who don’t believe in him or in an afterlife. But without silly hope, life is tragic-comedy: you’re born, you act like … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday

“Palm Sunday is also about cheering for the good, the humble, the hopeful. It’s about those who love instead of hate, …those willing to ride into trouble on behalf of others and speak truth to power, instead of staying home. … Continue reading

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Bounded Rationality and “Satisficers”

Why is “vision” difficult to see and implement? Why is it hard to think outside the box? Why does “new and improved” tend to be less than advertised? Why does decision making in the church sometimes feel like muddle? How do you … Continue reading

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The importance of “Speed Bumps” within your building

My past church experiences have made me EXTREMELY aware of the importance of placing “speed bumps” between visitors/new members and the parking lot. Other than worship, the “friendliness” of the congregation is a major factor visitors, frequent visitors**, and new … Continue reading

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“Responsive Design” and Why Your Church Site Needs It

Over half of all webpages are now accessed by people on their SMARTPHONES. That  simple fact has profound implications for anyone building or managing a church website. What does your church website look like on an iPhone? If you don’t … Continue reading

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Ending the “Interim” -Quitting My Church Job

Working on staff in certain churches, and with certain people, can be a soul-bruising experience. Early in 2015, after 18 months on the job, I abruptly resigned my “interim” position as pastor for children, youth and family in a Bradenton area … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Atheism & Faith: Miracles and Belittling

The following is part of a series of thoughts on atheism and faith. An atheist relative of mine likes to belittle belief in miracles and God. More annoyingly, he slips his “guffaws” into our conversations from time to time, knowing I am a … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Atheism and Faith: Creation & Creationism

I’m always surprised when an atheist thinks I’m a “creationist” because I’m a Christian. Can’t blame them too much.  Polls say just under half of Americans have creationist views.*  Personally, it’s embarrassing to be lumped in with those spouting ignorant … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Atheism and Faith: Stats!

Survey Says:  Number of atheists growing!  Number of believers/church-goers shrinking! The Snake gave it to me! In my experience, some people gleefully point out the decline in church affiliation, and smirk at problems in The Church, as confirmation of their … Continue reading

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