Beyond a Copernican Spiritual Revolution

David Hayward posted this cartoon, depicting the sea change in the direction of so many being “spiritual yet not religious”: Some will find the shift from the church at the center to the individual at the center offensive and problematic. But it isn't that different from what Jesus talked about when he said “the Sabbath [Read More...]

Honest Church Signs

Via Facebook, I learned of the Honest Church Signs Tumblr. They are not real signs found anywhere, but they could be, as some of them hit quite close to home. Here are a few samples. Click through to browse more. Even if they were fabricated using online church sign creators, what honest church signs have [Read More...]

Whose Church Is It Then?

I came across this image online: It is perhaps less than convincing to try to think of this as anything other than “Saint Peter's Church” with a missing letter, since anyone who would get the apostrophe correct in “Peter's” would surely also put one in “Ain't” – or perhaps more likely write “This is not.” [Read More...]

Baptist Goddess?

There is a statue/bust in my church, which seems to have been there since before anyone currently in the church can remember. Anyone have any idea who it is of?   [Read more...]

Caption Needed

Having discovered the Ship of Fools site, I happened upon their latest caption contest, which is to find a caption for this image: Since the intersection of religion and science fiction (not always as hostile as depicted above) interests me and is a major focus of this blog, I thought that I would share it [Read More...]

Changing Churches

Patheos is hosting a conversation about passing on the faith, and I encourage you to click through and read other participants in the conversation. My Sunday school class has been working through Hebrews, but as we encountered mention of people ceasing to meet together, our discussions have turned towards discussion of millennials, church attendance, communication [Read More...]

Narrow vs. High Standards

Stuff Fundies Like shared this questionnaire that would-be guest speakers at a fundamentalist church have to complete: I suppose the main point to make in response is that rejecting lots of things does not mean that your standard is high, only that it is narrow. And unless one figures out the difference early enough, the narrow approach [Read More...]

The First Millennials

The conversation about millennials and church decline continues – see for instance posts by Richard Beck, Bob Cornwall (and another), Tripp Fuller, Hollis Phelps, Eddie Kouya, Allan Bevere, Travis Mamone, Caris Adel, Ann Fontaine, David Hayward, Chris Attaway, and Shannon Barber. Many have suggested that this discussion is one that happens, if not every generation, at [Read More...]

Millennials and Mainlines

Rachel Held Evans blogged about millennials and the future of Christianity, getting lots of reactions. David Hayward responded with this cartoon: Kevin Davis, Hemant Mehta, Andii Bowsher, and Allan Bevere also discussed the topic. John Hawthorne shared developing hypotheses about Mainlines and Evangelicals, while Martin Marty reconsiders the mainline legacy. Chris Henrichsen posted “Another Liberal [Read More...]

In Christ Alone

David French blogged about the Presbyterian Church USA removing the hymn “In Christ Alone” from its hymnal, because its authors refused a proposed change to the lyrics that did away with the notion of Christ’s death as satisfying God’s justice. It isn’t often that I agree with French, but I do when he writes: The [Read More...]

Keep Christ in Christianity

The latest cartoon from David Hayward is interesting to think about in connection with the sorts of rhetorical claims one sometimes encounters from conservative Christians regarding American society. “Keep Christ in Christmas” they may say, or “Put prayer back in public schools.” What they often fail to notice is that they have only allowed selective [Read More...]


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