Stop Praying In Church

Aloud, that is. That’s my contribution to the Pomomusings series, “(Re)Imaging Chrisitianity:

This post is part of an ongoing blog series on Pomomusings entitled “(Re)Imagining Christianity.”

What is one belief, practice or element of Christianity that must die so that Christianity can move forward and truly impact the world in the next 100 years?

What is one belief, practice or element of Christianity that we must hold onto and live out more fully so that Christianity can move forward and truly impact the world in the next 100 years?

I’m going to keep this brief: I think that we should stop having spoken prayers in worship services.

Read the rest of my post here: Tony Jones on (Re)Imagining Christianity – Pomomusings.

Preaching from an iPad

Social Phonics Coach, Adam Walker Cleaveland, is quoted in a story by Sam Hodges in the UM Reporter.  The piece is on ebook readers and their use by clergy, both in the pulpit, and as a substitute for traditional print books.

The first few times the Rev. Adam Walker Cleaveland preached from his tablet computer, he carried along a printed text, just in case of computer failure.

Not anymore.

“I’ve done it enough now that I’m solely relying on the iPad,” said Mr. Cleaveland, minister for youth and young adults at Asbury United Methodist Church in Livermore, Calif. “If something happened, I would need to rely on the Holy Spirit a little more to get me through it, which wouldn’t be a bad thing.”

Pomomusings Calls the Presbyterian Question

The long-expected divorce in the Presbyterian Church (USA) seems to be imminent, with a group of the fifty biggest, wealthiest, whitest, and most conservative churches in that denomination attempting to start something new.  This “Fellowship” will be a strange Venn Diagram for a denomination — in a video posted this week, one member of that Fellowship explained that this group would be in relationship with churches within the PC(USA) and from other denominational groupings as well.

It’s no surprise that more progressive elements within the PC(USA) are skeptical.  Adam Walker-Cleaveland, for one, talks about the 300 pound gorilla in the room: that these churches should probably just leave the denomination, but they would then likely lose their buildings and property (although I seem to recall that the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of a local church and against the Episcopal Church denomination in a similar case).

Adam thinks these churches are trying to have their cake and eat it to, and he challenges them to just leave:

If you think the PC(USA) is deathly ill…leave. But don’t try and concoct an anti-connectional scheme that will let you break away and create a “differentiated sub-set within the whole” yet still remain within the denomination and keep your vast properties and millions. If your beliefs and convictions lead you to surmise that breaking away from the PC(USA) is what your community needs to do – then so be it. Each presbytery is working through how it’s going to deal with the property and financial issues of such decisions; work with your presbytery, accept your fate and move forward.

via The Presbyterian Fellowship: Let us Break Away but Keep Our Property & Millions… – Pomomusings.

Book Leak

It seems that Adam Walker-Cleaveland has acquired an illicit copy of Doug Pagitt’s new book, Church in the Inventive Age and posted some excerpts and pictures on his blog.  The book does not release for a month, so I must ask you, dear reader, to not go to Pomomusings and read the excerpts.

And do not, by any means, buy the book.  Thanks.