Robert Burns prayed for the power “To see ourselves as others see us!” (To a Louse). So I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings here. But it is surely helpful for a church trying to be contemporary to see how actual contemporaries are responding to their efforts.
Matt Walsh, a young guy of the sort that churches are trying to reach, speculates that the reason Christianity is allegedly in decline, according to that Pew study, is that it has become so boring. But, in his telling, the boredom comes from the proliferation of contemporary worship, which, he says, in the course of making fun of it, drains Christianity of its transcendence, substance, and seriousness. [Read more...]