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…]

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…]

Morality of Emerging Adults

If there is any one go-to thinker about the faith and morals of America’s young adults or emerging adults, it has to be Christian Smith. About a year ago his team (with Kari Christoffersen, Hilary Davidson, Patricia Snell Herzog) produced Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood. Smith’s books have been important contributions in sketch [Read More…]

Emerging, Version 2.0

Steve Knight has an interesting perspective on how the emergent folks and participatory church are connected. In an op-ed piece in this Sunday’s New York Times, former NPR correspondent Eric Weiner describes his feelings as he faces the holiday season as a religious “none,” as in “none of the above.” Weiner is currently “unaffiliated,” but he writes, [Read More…]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Bohannon Responds to Tony Jones

This post, by John Bohannon, is a response to the review of Tony Jones of Bohannon’s book on preaching in the emerging church. (Tony’s site here.) The Secret of the Toe Tap: A Response to Tony Jones’s Critique of Preaching and the Emerging Church Imagine, if you will, that you are given an assignment to [Read More…]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Tony Jones

This review is by one deeply involved in the subject of this book, Tony Jones. Enjoy. Imagine, if you will, that you’re writing your dissertation on left-handed hitters in baseball.  The subjects of your study have widely varied approaches to hitting, but they are all among the best in the majors: Joe Mauer, Ichiro Suzuki, [Read More…]

McKnight on McLaren’s New Book

Some of you have seen this review of mine at Christianity Today. I’m happy to hear your responses at this site, but I’ll only clip the opening two paragraphs from the CT piece. I like Brian, and I think Brian is a good man, and I think he said important things that we evangelicals need [Read More…]

The Living Emerging Movement

There are a number of approaches to talking about the emergent church or, as I have preferred to talk — emerging movement and emergent village/church, and the two favorite approaches are to say: it’s dead or it’s undefinable. About four years ago I was asked the “Whither Emergent?” question: Where was emerging headed?  At the [Read More…]

Faith and the Future 4 (RJS)

Today’s post wraps up our brief series on Harvey Cox’s new book The Future of Faith. The last several chapters of the book, and in fact various passages throughout the book,  present some of Cox’s thoughts on the future of faith – and more specifically his hopes for the future of the Christian faith. Today [Read More…]

Faith and the Future 3 (RJS)

The central portion of Harvey Cox’s new book The Future of Faith lays out the New Perspective on The Church – which is no longer new. It is broad brush summarized as follows: Jesus taught and enacted a kingdom vision. His immediate followers were committed to this vision Paul’s disavowal of the necessity to submit [Read More…]