Christianity in Crisis: from fear to faith

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Christianity! A 2,000 year old tree that’s mature, big, & mighty. With over 3 billion members & 40,000 denominations, it’s connected throngs of people to God & Jesus. Our tree is rooted to the earth & reaches us to the heavens. What a great & glorious gift to the world!Video of this "7-21" talk at the Christianity 21 Conference held in Phoenix, AZ this week.Yet rumor has it, we’re dying. Apparently, Christianity’s hey day is over in the West. In 1966, there were 600 … [Read more...]

Why I’m Spiritual *and* Religious.

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I'm Spiritual *and* Religious.I realize that saying this may be swimming against a current, but for me, they each inform and complement the other.Here's an analogy. I enjoy playing my trumpet by myself and practice it as I have time. This is like my spirituality. It's a personal way for me to express myself and to commune with God.And yet I also enjoy playing my trumpet with others in bands and orchestras. This is like religion (which comes from the Latin "religare" - "to bind … [Read more...]

Glue is my religion.

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Gluei’m a GenXer who flies with Gen Yand i can’t stand religion that can’t handle “why?”like brother stipes, i was losing my religionbut like newton before me, i found it …was blind but now i seelike marley’s son sings it, love is my religionmy religion is agapemy religion is the glue that unconditionally brings out the best in each other and holds us togetherand because jesus dunked me in a giant vat of that thick and sticky agape adhesive,i promise t … [Read more...]

Spiritual But Not Giving a Damn

Religion is a guy in church thinking about fishing. Spirituality is a guy out fishing thinking about God. – John Fischer Religion is for those who believe in hell. Spirituality is for those who’ve already been there. – David BowieI'm a Christian and as such I consider myself as being both spiritual and religious but these quotes do seem to be potent and convey something worth pondering.Over the past few years, there’s been a notable rise in the percent of the young adult populat … [Read more...]

Wild Goose 2012: Jesus, Bayard Rustin, & Walter Wink Live!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/northlincs/4715349412/Once again I left the freaking hot, dry, arid, climes of my home in Boulder, CO to head into the freaking, hot humid ones of the deep south to attend the 2nd annual Wild Goose Festival at the Shakori Hills Campgrounds south of Durham, NC. And, once again, I was enlivened, enriched, inspired, and renewed.While it’s an arts and music infused gathering of kindred spirits, it’s more than a “progressive Christian Woodstock” — it’s evidence … [Read more...]


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