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In Mixed Faith Marriages, Focus Is on 'Values,' Not 'Beliefs'
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

If interfaith marriages are supposedly doomed, Dale McGowan’s should have been toe-tagged from the start. If interfaith marriages are supposedly doomed, Dale McGowan’s should have ...

To the Dying Church: Maybe Death Is a Blessing
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 6:10pm | Type: Blog

The reality is your reason for being, your very purpose, is to teach us about a living God. How marvelously playful and mischievous of God (and quite frankly, how very God-like of God) to figure out how to do ...

To the Dying Church: Use Your Words
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

There are people dying physically and spiritually because the church has neglected the good news of the Gospel. If we truly believe that God can transform lives and resurrect the dead then why aren’t we scream ...

Survey: Majority of Libertarians Do Not Identify with Tea Party
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

According to the new American Values Survey, an annual release from the Public Religion Research Institute, a full 61 percent of libertarians do not consider themselves part of the Tea Party. ... In fact, only ...

If You Build It, Mean It
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

Sometimes I think that "contemporary" or "alternative" services function more like cages in a liturgical zoo rather than a means to encourage participation in the life of a congregation. In ...

Meet the Nones: Jewish Americans Increasingly Disaffiliating
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

About 22 percent of Jews now describe themselves as having no religion, according to a new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. Jews. The top religion story of 2012 was the “rise of ...

Stop Blaming Youth for Christianity’s 'Demise'
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 9:10am | Type: Blog

Our finite perceptions of “righteousness” are always flawed. This is why Jesus continually warns us not to judge others, because we often end up putting ourselves on a pedestal while self-righteously judging o ...

Musings of a Millennial: Removing the Political Baggage from Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

My generation (the millennials) no longer identify with divisive partisan politics of our country done under the guise of “evangelicalism.” We have seen and heard the long and dirty history of evangelical poli ...

The American Church: Searching for a New Imprint
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

Christian congregations in America are dying for many reasons — smugness, excessive infighting, fear of change, aversion to risk, perpetuating ineffective practices — but one reason is this reality of imprint. ...

Polls on 'Religious Influence' Say More About The Media Than Religion
Originally Posted: 06/03/2013 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

For over half a century, Gallup has been asking Americans whether they think the influence of religion is increasing or decreasing in the U.S., posing the intriguing question of what the results actually signi ...