Why Join A Church?

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Last week a young leader in our church told me that she had been in a conversation with a friend about the benefits of joining a church versus simply going to church. She thought she had some good answers but was curious what a pastor at her church thought. Here is my response: Great question. […]

Urgency and Opportunity

Urgency and Opportunity

Yesterday on Facebook someone reminded me that I never posted the third video on post-Christendom that I put together for a friend’s adult education class. (You can find the first two here and here.) The main content of this final installment is a prophetic oracle and symbolic action I wrote for a DMin class on […]

Unity not Uniformity in Post-Christendom

Icon depicting the Emperor Constantine (centre) and the bishops of the First Council of Nicaea (325) holding the Niceno–Constantinopolitan Creed of 381.

For a while now I have been reflecting on the difference between unity and uniformity in the church. Last week’s post about “Playing at Presbyterianism” helped me frame this reflection in terms of the shift from Christendom to post-Christendom. As it has become clear that I need to do a better job of articulating what […]

Why Does Church Matter?

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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to talk with a group of parents at our church’s fall Family Camp. I used our time to explore with them a question that is central to this blog: does church still matter in our post-Christendom world? Since these were active church members invested enough to take […]

My Final Post as the (un)Tamed Cynic

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It’s time for a change. I’ve been writing this blog for over three and a half years under the tagline “Posts from the Blog of an (un)Tamed Cynic.” It was a nod to Reinhold Niebuhr’s fascinating book Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic. I suppose there was some hubris involved in naming my […]