One Church Fits All?

In response to an insightful comment on my post “Church Cocoon” I wrote the following: It may be that we are being unfair to individual churches when we expect them to be everything Christians need throughout their lives. Maternity wards are great places to be born, but may not be the best places to grow up. [Read More...]

Avoid Bible Churches

The blog Two Friars and a Fool has a tongue-in-cheek list of things to watch out for when church shopping. I particularly liked this sign that you should give the church a wide berth: Has “Bible” in the Name Look, any church will have Bibles in it, as well as people who read those Bibles [Read More...]

Jesus Is ________

An Australian website asks people to fill in the blank. The answers have been shared not just on their website but by churches, as in this photo from St. Matthew's Church in Manly.   Their willingness to let proposed answers appear in all their diversity, rather than only presenting ones they might be expected to [Read More...]

Evolution Weekend

Evolution Weekend 2014 is fast approaching – it is February 7-9 this year. Progressive Christians in particular will want to seize the opportunity to emphasize that rejection of mainstream science is not something that Christians need to do or ought to do.   [Read more...]

Reverse the Conveyor Belt

David Hayward shared the cartoon below: I don't see the church as a place that should convert humble questioners into confident (and, if the cartoon is accurate, rather grumpy-looking) exclaimers. I used to see it that way, but now my view is essentially the opposite. If anything, the church should be a place that brings [Read More...]

Pub Theology

A news article recently drew attention to the phenomenon of people gathering to drink beer and sing hymns. And then my pastor mentioned “Pub Theology” in his sermon on Sunday, which is apparently a popular phenomenon not just here in Indianapolis but in many other places.  This is their logo: It sounds more like the [Read More...]

Churches and Intellectuals

Stephen Mattson has written a piece for Sojourners, “Do Churches Alienate Intellectuals?” Here is a sample: By their very nature, intellectuals are curious. They analyze, theorize, and love to ask questions. These attributes are often criticized by church leaders and seen as an attack on traditional and established institutionalized beliefs. Innocent inquires are often met [Read More...]

Amazing Grace Book Burning

Via Matthew Paul Turner. One advantage of being Baptist is that you don’t have to be like other Baptists. One disadvantage of being Baptist is that you often hang your head in embarrassment at other Baptists, and have to explain “I am/we are not at all like those other Baptists.” [Read more...]

The Most Honest Places in Town

“Churches should be the most honest place in town, not the happiest place in town.” – Walter Bruggeman Pete Enns shared the above quote in a post that highlights the psalms of lament. The Bible, taken as a whole, doesn’t suggest that human beings ought to simply believe, or keep their doubts and complaints to [Read More...]

Context Contest

Lots of people post pictures and then have a caption contest. But this photo seems to have its own “caption” included. What’s missing is the context. I took the photo of this sign in front of a local church here in Indianapolis. But what does it mean? Rather than try to find out the actual [Read More...]

Sacred Theories

Hemant Mehta shared this church sign. What it says is quite ironic, given that, since it is from a Free Methodist church, it is probably intended to be antievolutionist. But taken at face value, it is an excellent summary, putting in a nutshell a point made at greater length in a chart that Scott Bailey [Read More...]


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