The Problem with Progressive Churches

Robert Rynder: He misses a factual study by Greeley and Hout: babies. Progressive, mainline church members don’t have as many babies as “evangelical” and “Pentecostal” church members. But he’s got some good points. Raise your hand if you’ve heard these before: “Progressive churches will never grow because they’re too liberal.” “Conservative churches grow because they embody [Read More...]

Pray for the Iraqi Christians Today

Source: Iraq’s Christians trace their history to the first century apostles Thomas and Thaddeus. Most are Chaldean Catholics, practicing an Eastern liturgy but recognizing the authority of the Vatican. Many Chaldeans still speak forms of Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus. But because of ISIS, which has now declared a “caliphate” in the region it [Read More...]

Asylum in France

Source: Iraqi Christians forced out of their city after a serious death threat from Islamic militant fanatics have been offered asylum by the Government of France. The Christian community of Mosul, considered one of the oldest in the world, fled the country’s second largest city on 19 July after the Islamic State Group (IS) formerly [Read More...]

Who Would This Hurt the Most?

Source: Would this hurt most the conservative churches, the liberal churches, or the African American churches? The Internal Revenue Service has reached a lawsuit settlement agreement with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, agreeing to investigate churches that violate a federal law that activist groups often cite in an attempt to silence them by threatening their [Read More...]

PCUSA Divestment

From Jewish Journal, by Jared Sichel: In Rev. Drew Sams’ Sunday sermon before his congregation at Bel Air Presbyterian Church on June 22 — just two days after the national umbrella organization of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) endorsed divestment from three companies that do business in Israel — Sams registered his firm opposition to [Read More...]

The Rise of the Nones

If you listen to some, the “Nones” are changing the landscape of American religion, but in listening to others — well, I was conversing with a knowledgeable person not long ago and this person had never even heard of the “Nones.” That person was in religious publishing. We need to take a good look at [Read More...]

Urban Church Plantations (Christena Cleveland)

This post by Christena Cleveland, author of the wonderful book Disunity in Christ, stunningly takes us to the mirror to look at ourselves. The American church’s divisiveness tells a story that Lent ought to provoke unto repentance. A few charismatic leaders — Tim Keller and Mark Driscoll in particular — have spawned flourishing church planting [Read More...]

Peter Standford’s Recommendations: What the Church of England Needs

Source Having had a ringside seat at the events of the past two decades, and more broadly as a fellow traveller (albeit at one pew removed as a Catholic), who sees so much that is good and needed about our national church as its goes about its daily, non-headline-making parish life, here are a few [Read More...]

For the Early Church, Start Here (Every time)

I shall begin with this: IVP’s Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity  is a colossal and stunning achievement. 3220 separate dictionary entries, 266 contributors from 26 countries. There is nothing like it and there won’t be for decades… so every library has to have it, and every one who wants to study the patristics needs to have it [Read More...]

Historic Church Institutions Selling Property

Source BOSTON – The American Unitarian Association, peopled and powered by this city’s Brahmin elite, announced its presence here in 1886 with a grand and stately headquarters at the very top of Beacon Hill, right next door to the Statehouse. If anyone doubted the denomination’s might, its next move made it clear: In 1927, strapped for [Read More...]