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    • Polk Culpepper
    • Rev. Polk Culpepper is a 67-year-old native of Alexandria and retired Episcopal priest from North Carolina. He was an ordained minister for over 25 years. He graduated from Bolton in 1966 and from LSU Law School in 1973, practicing law in Alexandria for 10 years before going to the seminary.

Does the church deserve to die

For centuries the Church has battled to preserve its existence from threats to its dogma, creeds and influence. Those who dared to challenge its orthodoxy were sometimes treated with “extreme unction”. Ecclesiastical trials were often followed by burnings at the stake.

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American Flags in the Sanctuary

The American flag, however, has not always been a fixture in American sanctuaries. When it was introduced, it came for reasons specific to historic moments.

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Decline and Dysfunction in the American Church

Decline and Dysfunction in the American Church, addresses the unprecedented and devastating decrease in membership, financial resources, respect and ministry suffered by congregations and judicatories throughout the nation and offers an explanation that has not yet been considered.

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Churches Teaching the Doctrine of Shame

Many churches teach the doctrine of shame without really knowing it. For example, a core shame message taught in many churches is that you must be like Jesus at all times; anything less and you have failed not only yourself but God. You don’t measure up. You will never be good enough. God will be perpetually disappointed with you.

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Shamed Based Prayers – “You may be a child of God, but you are still an unworthy human being”

The language of prayers and the rituals in some worship services, especially those of liturgical churches, can have the effect of increasing one’s sense of personal shame.

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