Does the Church Have a Future?

Not long ago, a producer at Day1 asked about my brand new book, Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening. “Does the Church have a future?” he asked.  And the Day1 folks pointed a camera at me and caught this impromptu reflection.

I hope you find it encouraging.  And I hope you’ll pick up my new book and explore the ending of conventional religion and the possibilities for a new Great Awakening.

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  • glauber

    Yay! Any chance you can go talk to Stephen Colbert about the new book?

  • Ed White

    I look forward to reading your book Cheers and God bless, Ed

  • Sybil Y. Reisch

    Searching, searching, searching ways to take the Church out to the people! Ash Wednesday is a wonderful, inspiring answer! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jeff White

    I loved the Ash Wednesday story. I believe that story illustrates that the future of the Church lies in a juxtaposition of the old and the new. We are starting to see that we have been enamored with the institutional container instead of the wine of divine union inside it. It’s time to pour this wine which is always new into new wineskins. The challenge will be continuing to cherish what is good about the past while moving into a new and unpredictable future.

  • Nixon is Lord

    Church is so incredibly boring. Tedious. Pointless. Church has a future like spats and buggy whips have a future.

  • Ryan Haber

    That’s great. They wanted their ashes; they don’t want to make their mothers angry – but they don’t want the Cross.

    “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it,” (Mt 16:18).

    If we abandon the Gospel, we lose our mission, our purpose, and the promise. The purpose of the Church is not to help us find ourselves or serve the poor.

    Peter has the promise, the keys to the Kingdom, and the Church founded on Peter still has a future.