Church Visits Back Online!

Welcome Church Visits reader.  It’s been 10 days since my final Alaska Dispatch News column. Some readers mistook my last two posts as news that I’d retired from writing the column. Although ADN decided to no longer carry my column, I’m continuing to visit churches, comment about those visits, and share related matters of faith.

After 8 1/2 years of writing for ADN via blogs and published columns, all without compensation, I felt the expenditure of many hundreds of hours visiting churches, researching topics of interest, and submitting written work was worth the cost.  Unbelievably, I never even received a single free newspaper from ADN during all those years.

My website,, contains a compendium of everything I’ve ever written for ADN. They’ve assured me that, for the foreseeable future, all of my recent writing for them will continue online at

I’ll be posting each of my future articles to Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. If you do not use these social media, you can request to be included on article updates I’ll be emailing via MailChimp. This will result in your receiving an email for each new article so you can stay up-to-date.  Please send me an email at if you’d like to be included for that list.

Future articles will cover:

-10 things I liked about church practices in 2016

=Altar calls – genuine or psychological blackmail?

-Demonic possession – real or fake?

-Faith and science – are they compatible?

-Three popular views about hell

=Church visits – good and bad

Thank you for your support of my writing. I look forward to keeping your minds active in the coming years. Very few writers tackle religion as I do across the U.S. It’s a unique emphasis that’s unconventional but engenders great interest.

Blessings for the New Year!


4 thoughts on “Church Visits Back Online!

  1. John Dodson

    Chris, I am disappointed That your column will no longer be carried by ADN, it is a loss. Your comments, while often controversial are always thoughtful and carry a great deal of meaning. Even those who disagree have changed their pratice because of your observations. Yes, I believe this is an important service to the church and should be in every city or town in the US.

    Your list of future topics sounds very intriguing. I would like to read them so would you include me in your special mailing since I don’t use the other media all that much.

    Thank you for the work you have done over the last many years.

    1. Chris Thompson Post author

      Hi Pastor John
      You’re missed in Anchorage. I hope your retirement is golden in California.

      I’m going to add your name to my MailChimp mailing list which will send you and email with each new column as I release them. Thank you for your ministry. You’ve been a huge influence in my life.


  2. Mark Bledsoe

    Hi Chris. I’m one of the ones who read your earlier communication to mean that you were retiring from the column business. I’m delighted to learn that I misread your words, and that you will continue with your thoughtful and insightful articles, although in a different format. It’s perplexing to me that the ADN discontinued your services, as your writing was one of the highpoints of our little paper. In all events I look forward to your future thoughts and comments. Take care.

    1. Chris Thompson Post author

      Hi Mark
      I’m glad you’re still reading me. I’ve discovered many of my readers do not use social media. So, I’ve held up posting until I get MailChip going to allow email subscribers to get me at the same time as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn followers to get my posts.

      Thanks for reading and great hearing from you!


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