Let My People Go!

David Hayward has done it again. Such a simple and yet such a poignant idea – that in at least some instances, the church has become like Pharaoh. Behaving like tyrants, many authoritarian pastors have become the sorts of oppessive dictators that God's people need to be liberated from. Frequently in Jewish tradition, as well [Read More...]

Discovering How Not to Make a Lightbulb (or a Church)

My colleague Gautam Rao created posters for this past year's year-long series of events at Butler University centered around the theme of risk. Here is one of them, plus a second item he made explaining the inspiration for the first: The quote from Thimas Edison, that he had not failed over the years, he had [Read More...]

The Future of Churches

IO9 had a post focused on images of church buildings which have been repurposed for secular use. I will share some select examples below, but click through for many more. Churches can react to this with fear, or treat them as inspiration. In some instances, it might make more sense to the life of Christian [Read More...]

Church Death and Church Evolution

David Hayward's cartoon above is accompanied by a comment acknowledging that the church itself may never die, but churches die all the time. The reason some religious believers sometimes manage to persuade themselves otherwise is much the same reason some manage to persuade themselves that evolution does not occur. When change occurs over generations, it [Read More...]

Shootings: Schools vs. Churches

This graphic which came my way on Facebook seems to make an excellent point. I was not able to confirm that the actual number of shootings in schools was 5, and it seems that that number may include institutions of higher education as well as elementary schools. Whether any religious schools are in that figure [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Jonathan Robinson)

We gather on Sundays to worship the unmarried son of an adulterous polygamous king with a brothel owner for a grandma, we have a Bible that contains multiple stories of incest, gang rape and prostitution of relatives, and yet when someone who doesn’t conform to our ideal middle class nuclear family walks into the church [Read More...]

Are Church and Society Collapsing Together?

On Facebook, I had my attention drawn to an interesting article by Margaret Wente about the decline of the liberal church, focusing on the United Church of Canada. It is an interesting article, but it deserves to be read carefully, since it acknowledges that pretty much the only churches not in decline are connected with [Read More...]

Misread Bible Passages: Beware the Nicotines!

We continued our study of Revelation in my Sunday school class, and while we had some serious discussion of the issues facing the churches mentioned in chapter 2, the main thing that seemed worth blogging about was a misreading. One of the attendees said that at first glance they thought that two of the churches [Read More...]

What if Starbucks Marketed Like Churches?

Via Mike Friesen [Read more...]

Post-Apocalyptic Churches

The science fiction site IO9 posted some photos altered by a Russian artist to depict post-apocalyptic scenes. Several of them are very striking. This one, however, particularly caught my attention: I suspect that churches that remained standing after an apocalypse would take on new or renewed significance – not necessarily in a manner that was [Read More...]

Peace for Palestine: A Serious and a Humorous Perspective

On the serious side, the leaders of the Christian churches in the Holy Land have issued a communiqué (via Dănuţ Mănăstireanu): Looking ahead to the upcoming General Assembly of the United Nations this September 2011 and the bid for Palestinian statehood, the Heads of Christian Churches in Jerusalem feel the need to intensify our prayers [Read More...]


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