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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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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. …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More