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Postmodern Christianity

Fence-Sitters and Boundary-Pushers: A Postmodern Reflection

Christian Piatt | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I'm no lover of fences, of the limitations, boundaries and delineations they represent. Yes, sometimes they're necessary. In some ways, such boundaries actually afford us the confidence and safety to stretch ourselves, to go farther than we would have without any sense of place, of where the unknown begins.

Some Needed Changes

Richard Brand | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Richard Brand

The Christian Church has blessed and become entangled in too many marginal issues. It has become the marketing agent for Hallmark cards, the blesser of wars and military actions, the cheerleader for patriotism and the endorser of all kinds of social policies.

Why Christians Might Have Something To Learn From The Dalai Lama

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Jesus didn't die so we could be the best, but so that we might know what it looks like to give our lives away. Were we to listen, the Dalai Lama might just be able to teach us something about that.

Prophetic Recoil And The Need For Boldness

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

I have this tendency to speak out strongly against something that seems to be an injustice that is causing others real harm or pain. I have this tendency to function prophetically -- and to then pull back out of fear, out of self-doubt and second-guessing my motive or mood.

The Future Of Faith

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

Christianity is being reshaped through an intense global interest in spiritual experience and personal faith. As old structures of religious life erode, new patterns of faith are forming.

How To Avoid A Religious Apocalypse: 6 Changes The Church Needs To Make

Christine Organ | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Christine Organ

Study after study tells us that Americans are leaving religion in droves, with the number of spiritual but not religious increasing dramatically. Though some of these predictions may be an over-dramatization, significant changes in organized religion are inevitable and necessary.

What Growing Up 'None' Taught Me About Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.05.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I was raised outside of organized religion, in a spiritual-but-not-religious home. I obviously did not stay a "none." I'm a pastor in the United Church of Christ and I try, for better or worse, to live my life according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Church Where The Sidewalk Ends

Mark Sandlin | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

It's time for those of us in the Christian Church to exercise our imagination and boldly step off of the sidewalk to a place of imagination and limitless possibilities, a place outside the well defined boxes we expect to find -- beyond the solid footing of the known and into the sometimes shifting sands of the unknown.

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.

What We Talk About When We Talk About 'God'

Rob Bell | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Rob Bell

I realize that when I use the word God, there's a good chance I'm stepping on all kinds of land mines. Is there a more volatile word loaded down with more history, assumptions and expectations than that tired, old, relevant, electrically charged, provocative, fresh, antiquated yet ubiquitous as ever word God?

An Invitation To Rob Bell

Greg Carey | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Bell doesn't have to call himself a liberal or anything else, short of lover of Jesus. But it might be wise to reach out in a new way to people who have been his partners even before he preached his first sermon.

'So What?' The Nightmare Christians Should Be Having

Derek Penwell | Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

What if part of the reason the "Nones" are so underwhelmed by organized religion isn't because they don't find Jesus interesting, but because it appears to them that Christians don't find him sufficiently interesting enough to take seriously?

Why My Evangelical College Shouldn't Do Away With The Philosophy Department

Jesse James DeConto | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Jesse James DeConto

If you want your students to know Jesus, you might start by looking for things that Jesus said he cared about, like learning to love your neighbor. Because that's what happened in philosophy classes when I was at Cedarville.

Postmodernism And The Future Of Evangelical Theology And The Christian Church

Pastor Gilford T. Monrose | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Pastor Gilford T. Monrose

Common folks within the church now read the Bible for themselves to decipher what is truth. The church was pushed out of the business of having the trademark of truth. The biggest challenge for the church now is postmodernism.

Why Al Mohler Doesn't Get Rachel Held Evans

Morgan Guyton | Posted 12.29.2012 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Christians today who want to share the Gospel with any credibility in postmodern culture must learn how to talk like Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, et al. Otherwise our evangelism is about as effective as a black and white "Reefer Madness" video in a junior high health class.

Back To Church Again

Mark Sandlin | Posted 11.01.2012 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

At the end of this sabbatical journey, I realize the journey has just started. Experiencing, seeing and understanding some of the things I did on my sabbatical away from Church is not enough. Now is the time to act.

Far Too Little Sabbath In The Sabbath

Mark Sandlin | Posted 10.21.2012 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

Sabbatical is about rest and recuperation. It is about communing with God in a restorative way. For a lot of church-going people that is not the way they would describe Sunday mornings.

Are The Culture Wars Real? A Case For Heresy

Christian Piatt | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I Don't Want To Go Back To Church And Why I Will

Mark Sandlin | Posted 10.04.2012 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

I do not want to go back to Church because life outside of Church is better. It just is.

The 'C' Word: Why I (And Other Christians) Resist The Label

Mark Sandlin | Posted 09.16.2012 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

I decided from the very beginning that during the three months I'm on sabbatical, I will not go to church. I've never done that for more than a couple of Sundays in my whole life. Ever. And it worried me.

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.

The Nerd Gospel

Christian Piatt | Posted 03.19.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

No degree of social savvy makes someone immune to insecurity, doubt, emotional struggle or even an occasional case of the "nerds." Our faith communities should be the place where each of us is most comfortable exploring that inner nerd.

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.

A New Conception Of The Trinity For Post-Trinity Faith

Jason Derr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jason Derr

The expression and experience of God, of Love-in-Action, exists in plurality and multiplicity. Instead of affirming a definition of God, a postmodern Trinitarian construction can allow us to affirm an experience of God.