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Emerging Church

The Failure of Tree-Climbing Fish and Little Churches

Derek Penwell | Posted 10.21.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

I've heard people talking for years about "church growth." But when they do, I'm not always sure what they mean by it. Or, to put a finer point on it, I'm not always sure they know what they mean by it.

What If The Kids Don't Want Our Church?

Derek Penwell | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Churches with massive overhead invested in things like church buildings, denominational infrastructures, functional church organizational models are awakening to the fact that the generations that are supposed to be taking the institutional baton are showing very little interest.

No More Followers

Richard Brand | Posted 01.01.2013 | Religion
Richard Brand

The Christian faith is in decline in Europe and is pretty much stagnant in the United States. The great churches in Europe are mostly empty, and the number of people respond "None" when asked about a religious commitment in the United States is growing.

Why Christianity Is Dying While Spirituality Is Thriving

Steve McSwain | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Steve McSwain

There is within this new emergence an affinity for those matters of social and personal justice, compassion, spiritual wholeness and unity within and among all people and faiths. These were the obsessions of Jesus while here on earth.

A Billboard Of Love

Phil Shepherd | Posted 08.01.2012 | Religion
Phil Shepherd

An emerging church in San Diego, Calif., has once again taken up the mantel of love this week and has become ambassadors to the LGBTQ community in North Carolina, letting them know that they are not alone and that God does love them.

Why Young Adults Forget The Church To Follow Jesus

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.16.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

There is still a significant interest in, and pursuit of, a life following the path lived out and described by Jesus. We younger adults are starving for the very community we're wary of.

Why Religious Fundamentalism Can't Last

Christian Piatt | Posted 12.29.2011 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Although fundamentalist and dogmatic approaches to religion may be more vocal in their reaction to the emerging church, this does not necessarily mean that they are gaining popular momentum.

The Church Should Stay Out Of The Marriage Business

Tony Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Tony Jones

What a strange thing it is in our culture that clergy, who would otherwise proudly proclaim their independence from the government, regularly act as agents of the state at wedding ceremonies.

What's Wrong With Our Message?

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

With every crisis comes an opportunity for self-examination, for learning, for change and growth, and it is indeed encouraging to see the Pope urging leaders to fully seize the opportunities presented by present problems.

Religion Needs Atheism

Samir Selmanovic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Samir Selmanovic

Atheism does not have to be the end of the enchantment; it can be a new door towards a better religion. Religion does not have to be the opium of the people; it can be the poetry of the people.