A Vibrant Future Church

What would a vibrant mainline church of the future look like? That’s the question we posed to a number of pastors, thought-leaders and bloggers as part of our Future of Mainline Protestantism series here at Patheos. We’ll be posting their responses throughout the coming weeks here at Faith Forward. First up, Lutheran Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber, who begins her response with the question: “If the mainline church did the right thing, what would it be in 10 years?” [Read more...]

“The Rich Fool” Lectionary Reflection on Luke 12:13-21

We don’t get a memo teling us when our time is up, but we do have the information about how to use the time we currently have. And it’s not in accumulating more possessions than one person could possibly use in a lifetime while others go without. [Read more...]

Welcome to the Future of Mainline Protestantism!

Mid-way through our Future of Religion summer series here at Patheos, we’ve finally arrived at The Future of Mainline Protestantism! This week, more than 20 thought-leaders, from pastors to scholars to bloggers, offer provocative perspectives on the future of the mainline church. We’ll also feature more conversations on the church here on the blog each day, to further feed the conversation. To get us started, retired Columbia Seminary professor Ben Campbell Johnson shares his dreams for a vibrant mainline Protestantism in the 21st Century… [Read more...]


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