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February 22, 2018
Graham’s Passing as the End of an Era
In addition to being the supreme evangelist, Billy Graham did much to establish evangelicalism as...
May 04, 2017
Does mainline liberal Protestantism have just 23 years left?
More on the plight of mainline liberal Protestantism. . . . Evangelical scholar Ed Stetzer calculates...
October 07, 2016
In defense of small churches
Most churches throughout history and throughout the world have been small. Today more than one...
December 04, 2015
How megachurches are doing
Megachurches continue to attract big numbers, but, according to a new study, people aren't attending...
May 22, 2015
Traditional style, progressive substance
We blogged about Rachel Held Evans, her point that Millennials can't stand the church growth...
May 18, 2015
How a contemporary sees contemporary worship
Robert Burns prayed for the power "To see ourselves as others see us!" (To a ...
May 05, 2015
“The sacraments are what make the church relevant”
Yesterday we blogged about Rachel Held Evan's contention that church growth techniques designed to reach...
May 04, 2015
Church growth tactics don’t work with Millennials
Rachel Held Evans was something of an evangelical renegade who left the church for awhile,...
February 11, 2015
How pastors and other leaders deal with inner chaos
There are lots of books about leadership, particularly leadership in churches. The book that won...
November 13, 2014
Church design that appeal to Millennials
The Christian pollsters and research company the Barna Group has researched what kind of church...
September 18, 2014
Brandon Robertson is one of the spokesmen for the "Revangelical" movement, the prefix meaning, in...
September 10, 2014
Should Christianity try to be “cool”?
Brett McCracken, author of Hipster Christianity, argues that there are intrinsic contradictions inherent in the...
January 23, 2014
The church’s “Kodak moment”?
We've been pretty hard on the Church Growth Movement lately, so let's allow an advocate...
January 20, 2014
A watershed in American evangelicalism?
The New Life Church in Colorado Springs was one of the nation's leading megachurches. But...
December 03, 2013
Do church growth tactics attract the unchurched?
The best argument for adopting the techniques of the Church Growth movement--contemporary worship, non-traditional styles,...
October 04, 2013
“Missional” churches vs. the church’s mission
One of my former pastors, Rev. Lucas Woodford, has published a book entitled Great Commission,...
September 26, 2013
Mega-Ashrams & Tele-Gurus
An article about the arrest in India of the guru Asaram Bapu--worshipped as the "godman"--for...
September 19, 2013
Baptists embracing the liturgy
A growing number of Baptists are turning to liturgical worship. So says the Associated Baptist...
August 13, 2013
And now, the worship DJ
Trying to be "contemporary," as in contemporary worship, requires hitting a moving target, since, by...
August 02, 2013
How church growth strategies keep missing the point
Rachel Held Evans tells about how churches that want to reach young people keep missing...
June 24, 2013
A principle of the evangelical church growth movement is that worship should change to reflect...
January 16, 2013
Stranger in a Strange Church
Philip Jenkins cites the prescience of science fiction writer Robert Heinlein, whose novel Stranger in...
December 05, 2012
Ten myths about church growth
Have you noticed how quickly "the latest ideas" become the old-fashioned ideas? Brian Orme is...
July 09, 2012
The latest mission strategy: “Insider Movements”
We've blogged about those translations of the Bible for Muslims that avoid little terms like...
June 07, 2012
The Juvenilization of American Christianity
The latest issue of Christianity Today has a brilliant cover story that accounts for much...
March 09, 2012
Many missionary groups in Islamic countries are using Bible translations that avoid offending Muslim sensibilities,...
November 28, 2011
The megachurch bubble?
There was the dot.com bubble and, more recently, the real estate bubble, markets that grew...
October 07, 2011
The genius of Steve Jobs
I was asked to write up something about the death of Steve Jobs for the...
August 05, 2011
Marketing & consumer tastes
Economics columnist Steven Pearlstein goes off on how super-thick clam chowder has replaced the thinner,...
August 03, 2011
9.5 Theses on the Emergent Church
In the tradition of someone else, Wheaton professor David Milliner has posted 9.5 Theses against...
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