Brian Mclaren recently addressed the 2008 Lambeth Conference (see Wikipedia), and while he does not (despite media opinion to the contrary) represent the entirety (one could question even a significant minority) of the MEECM, it is often worthwhile to hear what he has to say. In the article above, there are a couple of quotes… Continue reading What Happens When The Emerging Church Holds Up A Mirror To The Established Church
It’s easy for Christians in our day to fall into the “showy religiosity” pit. We put on our happiest face at church, even though our hearts are far from the Lord. Or we look as if we’re worshipping with zeal when our minds are wandering. Avoiding a Show of Religiosity Daily Reflection and Prayer by… Continue reading Church-Going Facades
New Churches Needed to Combat ‘Evangelistic Deficit’ in U.S. displays the epitome of the American consumer culture. Why fix, help, change, or repair something if it’s easier (and/or cheaper) to get a new one?
In ‘Living Together’ Before Marriage a Statistical Risk, it is rightfully argued that doing so is significantly more likely to not lead to a strong and lasting marriage. While that is statistically correct (and I am opening my heart and life to the web here, not the most comfortable thing), it isn’t 100% correct. My… Continue reading Dry Facts Do Not Explain Everything
That led her to join a nine-month process known in the Catholic Church as RCIA, or Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Churches open doors to more converts In the Nazarene Church, we go through a membership class which lasts a few weeks. In the Lutheran Church, the same. However, these classes do not truly… Continue reading Teaching the Faith
In Bearing the Silence of God, Ziya Meral talks about the spiritual state of believers in the midst of persecution. Specifically, he speaks in regards to persecution by Muslims, but this goes on around the world, even in “Christian” nations. What amazes me is how similar his feelings seem to be to Mother Teresa’s.
In Rediscovering Sabbath Rest, Mark Early brings further attention to the “Secular Sabbath” that seems to be gaining steam in the secular world. As I mentioned in What? Me, Unplug?, I know I should try this myself. I’m always plugged in, even on Sunday. I remember years ago hearing about how even non-devout Christian families… Continue reading Rediscovering Sabbath Rest
Yes, it is not very Christian to want something, but COME ON…5 horsepower to go 60mph! hattip: Flixxy
In his article, What Makes a Church Missional?, J. Todd Billings does a decent (although, by necessity, not very in depth) analysis of the concept of the “Missional Church.” It is fairly balanced, I think. The biggest thing is not that the concept of Missional Church (as currently described is a few decades old) is… Continue reading Missional Church Analysis
In his post, Why data matters, on the Official Google Blog, Hal Varian writes about the “wisdom of the crowds.” Mr. Varian needs to check the Google Zeitgeist. The wisdom of the crowds? Sounds like the wisdom of the mob (not the Mob).