Archives for May 1, 2013 @ 14:09

A New Idea for a Camp

Tech Detox: (CNN) — If your smartphone is attached to your hip, your blood flows like a Twitter feed and you’re fairly certain your eyes permanently see through an Instagram filter, then maybe it’s time to disconnect for a bit? A new summer camp aims to help adults take a break from technology for a weekend [Read More…]

Looming Mood Shifts among America’s “Middle” Class?

From The Atlantic: In all, the survey suggests that after years of economic turmoil, most families now believe the most valuable–and elusive–possession in American life isn’t any tangible acquisition, such as a house or a car, but rather economic security. Asked to define what it means to be middle class, a solid 54 percent majority [Read More…]

Multi-cultural Churches

Alex Murashko: Is your church multicultural? (Is it less than 80% monocultural?) While most churches say they already have or are working on having a multicultural congregation, the majority fall short when it comes to reflecting a diverse community of believers coming together during church services on Sundays, said an expert on multi-ethnic church planting [Read More…]

New Expressions of the Church

One of the world’s, and especially North America’s, finest chroniclers and evaluators of new and fresh expressions of the church is Fuller professor Ryan K. Bolger. His former book Emerging Churches sketched the emerging/emergent gatherings but his newest  book, The Gospel after Christendom: New Voices, New Cultures, New Expressions, collects stories from 28 different kinds of [Read More…]

The Pharisees: My Response to the New Barna Study

The new Barna study asks this question: “Are Christians more like Jesus or more like the Pharisees?” Historians know this question is a question about the Torah practice of Jesus vs. the Torah practice of the Pharisees. In other words, it’s a question about how best to observe Torah — Jesus’ Torah theology vs. the [Read More…]