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Andy Rowell’s Book Suggestions on Church

posted by Scot McKnight

Andy Rowell is a third year Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) student at Duke Divinity School. His primary concentration is Church, Ministry, and Evangelism and his secondary concentration is New Testament. He blogs at Church Leadership Conversations. What are your suggestions […]

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On Picking a Church

posted by Scot McKnight

Let’s say you move into a new community, one in which you know no one other than a person or two with whom you will be working your day job, and you are left to your own devices to pick […]

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Your Church is too Small

posted by Scot McKnight

What did Jesus mean, in John 17, when he prayed that we might be “one”? Did he mean some kind of ecclesiastical organization?  What does the Church mean when, in the billions of times of reciting The Apostles’ Creed, it […]

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Eugene Peterson: Practice Resurrection 4

posted by Scot McKnight

Eugene Peterson relentlessly chases an important idea in the opening part of his new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ . That idea is the need to strip ourselves of the romantic, it’s-going-to-be-utopia versions of the church, and […]

Criticizing Church, Defending Church

posted by Scot McKnight

Everywhere I go and nearly everyone I read has a theme, whether central or peripheral, and I think the theme is getting too much attention and it’s getting too much play and it’s setting us up for failure. Here’s the […]

Of Fleas and Faith (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

There were two interesting posts last week – on two very different kinds of blogs. The first on Jerry Coyne’s blog “Why Evolution is True,” where he scratches a flea, and the second, a response, on the BioLogos blog “Science […]

Prayer for the Coptic Christians in Egypt

posted by Scot McKnight

NEW YORK CITY (BP)–The shooting deaths of six Coptic Christians in Egypt on Coptic Christmas Eve (Jan. 6) is fueling efforts to publicize and protest what Copts describe as persecution and violence typically met by inaction by the Egyptian government. […]

Souls in Transition 8

posted by Scot McKnight

In this last post on Smith and Snell’s book, Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults  I want to draw attention to a major, major suggestion. What do you think we can do about the conclusions below?  The […]

When do you leave a church?

posted by Scot McKnight

We occasionally post letters from readers and friends, and the letter below comes from a reader. The letter expresses a really good question and it also gets to the heart of the pain of many folks. So, how would you […]

Souls in Transition 7

posted by Scot McKnight

Smith and Snell, in chp 6 of their  Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults  map six major religious “types” in emerging adults, and this can be seen as a broad-brushed sketch of what emerging adults in […]

Souls in Transition 6

posted by Scot McKnight

What do emerging adults think of religion? This next chp in Smith and Snell discovered in their fantastic new book: Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults  will be of use to all pastors and churches.  In fact, […]

Lengthening our Memory 1

posted by Scot McKnight

I met Professor Chris Hall at Eastern University a few years back and decided then and there that I’d read his stuff. A new book of his, Worshiping With the Church Fathers , is one I want to use for […]

Souls in Transition 5

posted by Scot McKnight

So what is the religious life of emerging adults today? What about its affiliations, practices, beliefs and experiences? What Smith and Snell discovered in their fantastic new book: Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults  will be […]

Souls in Transition 3

posted by Scot McKnight

So, what are the implications of that long listing from Wednesday for religion for emerging adults? Here is what Smith and Snell discovered in their fantastic new book: Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults . […]

Souls in Transition 2

posted by Scot McKnight

So, what is the cultural world of the emerging adult? Today I want to post a fulsome list of what Smith and Snell discovered in their fantastic new book: Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults […]

Church is not a building, but…

posted by Scot McKnight

Indeed, a church is not a building, but a church being “more” than the building may not tell the whole story. What is ministry like without a building? Dan Kimball, in a recent article explores this question. I clip a […]

Faith and the Future 4 (RJS)

posted by Jesus Creed Admin

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 […]

Is Virtual Church “Real” Church?

posted by Scot McKnight

Question: What makes a gathering “church”? What are the elements that turn a gathering into a church meeting? Is it “church” when I have coffee with two Christian students? Is a Bible study “church”? There was quite the dustup at […]

Church as Family

posted by Scot McKnight

It would be easy to say low church evangelicals clamor for community because there is so much individualism at work, but that’s a cheap shot that misses the target. Liturgical churches can struggle as much with community too. But what […]

Whatever happened to Liturgy?

posted by Scot McKnight

In this brief Sunday afternoon post I’m using the word “liturgy” for the planned and calendar-based order in a Sunday worship service for Christians. Something happened, and we have to wonder if it is good for us. The complete obliteration of […]

Christian Consumerism: Branding as a Sign

posted by Scot McKnight

We’ve got a problem in the Church today with Christian branding as a form of triumphalism, and it’s a charge made often enough about others and almost never about ourselves. I want to contend that it is an unhealthy influence […]

The Future of Sunday School

posted by Scot McKnight

From The Wall Street Journal … The decline in Sunday schools appears to be gradual but steady. A study by the Barna Group indicated that in 2004 churches were 6% less likely to provide Sunday school for children ages 2 […]

The Church Matter: Does it matter? 2 Mary Veeneman

posted by Scot McKnight

This is Mary Veeneman’s second post about Harper and Metzger’s new book: Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction . This sketch by Mary of the book asks one of the most profound questions that must be asked in the […]

Friday is for Friends: Rick Evans

posted by Scot McKnight

Introverts, Extroverts, and the Jesus Creed. On at least a couple of occasions, I have been asked whether I get energized (or re-energized) when I am alone, or when with others. It is a classic, yet simplistic indicator used to […]

On Megachurches ….

posted by Scot McKnight

The Hartford Institute for Religion Research has a new study, available as a PDF, about megachurches. Here is the opening suggestive conclusions, and I’m wondering what you see here (or in the article itself)(HT: AR): A FEW OF THE MOST […]

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Theology After Darwin 1 (RJS)
One of the more important and more difficult pieces of the puzzle as we feel our way forward at the interface of science and faith is the theological implications of discoveries in modern science. A comment on my post Evolution in the Key of D: ...

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Almost Christian 4
Who does well when it comes to passing on the faith to the youth? Studies show two groups do really well: conservative Protestants and Mormons; two groups that don't do well are mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics. Kenda Dean's ...

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Let's Get Neanderthal!
The Cave Man Diet, or Paleo Diet, is getting attention. (Nothing is said about Culver's at all.) The big omission, I have to admit, is that those folks were hunters -- using spears or smacking some rabbit upside the conk or grabbing a fish or ...

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