Christianity is dying! No it’s not. Yes it is. It’s just a flesh wound! Anyway, it’s mostly liberal mainline churches that are doomed. Evangelicals are in trouble too. All right… we’ll call it a draw. That basically sums up debate over the Pew study on America’s changing religious landscape. The rise of the “nones,” those … Continue reading 6 ways mainline churches should respond to decline
When I was a kid, our church held a “Youth Group Sunday” service once a year, usually right after we got back from church camp. Generally it was an evening service—we were Baptist and it was the 90s, so that was something we still did. Also, our AM service was televised. (Again, we were Baptist and … Continue reading Why it takes more than a “Youth Sunday” to show kids they matter
Confession: I may or may not have posted an Ash Wednesday selfie in years past. Not so I could win a publisher’s contest offering free merchandise in exchange for so-called #ashtags (that IS troubling), but because I was taken by the novelty of the ceremony. Admittedly, it seems odd to call an ancient ritual “novel.” … Continue reading Good and not-so-good reasons to share an #Ashtag selfie
The Episcopal Church breathed new life into my faith. The Eucharist, the liturgy, the people—I don’t know where I’d be in my journey without them. Most likely untethered, without a spiritual home. Judging by the reaction to my last post, I’m not alone. I’ve been part of this community long enough now that I should … Continue reading Four things I want for the Episcopal Church
My faith was saved in a gutted-out shopping mall. I had reached a point where I no longer believed in God’s love—or rather, I didn’t believe it was meant for me. I thought it was something reserved for God’s “chosen ones,” and I just couldn’t imagine myself as one of the lucky few. It was … Continue reading 11 things I love about the Episcopal Church
You could feel the passion in the air at the 4/14 Summit in Bangkok. Passion for “reaching the next generation.” Lots of good ideas, full of hope and promise, circulated among conference goers during three days of plenary sessions, breakout groups, and meals together. “Holistic children’s ministry.” Talk of kids being “rooted” in faith so … Continue reading What if we’re the prodigals?