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Results for mainline denominations

So What's the Deal With Ash Wednesday?
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

Chances are you’ll see a bunch of folks walking around with shmutz on their foreheads this Wednesday. The ‘Splainer asks what having a dirty forehead has to do with being a Christian and why this ritual is gai ...

It Was Like This When I Got Here
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

The decline of the church is not my generation's fault. It was in decline long before I was born; it was like this when I got here. But that doesn’t mean it is too far gone. The church does a lot of thing ...

To a Dying Church: Either Die or Live Like You Mean It
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

What if, freed from the concerns of playing it safe for posterity, you stomped on the gas pedal and decided to blow the doors off? What might that look like? Dear Church, I rec ...

To the Dying Church: Maybe Death Is a Blessing
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 7:10pm | 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 ...

... And Every Tongue Confess
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

I like to remind my community of believers from time to time why we do what we do. I have long felt the risk of liturgy is that it becomes rote narration, a thoughtless speechifying of sorts. So that this migh ...

Sorry To Burst Your Bubble
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 8:40am | Type: Blog

The bubble I see bursting is establishment Christianity in America. It is bursting ever so slowly, even as millions of people still find life, meaning, safety, and structure inside. ...

Can Christianity Be Saved? A Response to Ross Douthat
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

So, Mr. Douthat asks, "Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?" But I wonder: Can Liberal Churches Save Christianity? The twenty-first century has yet to answer that, but I think we may be surprised. ...

Conservative Evangelicals and Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, I sat and listened attentively as a series of American religious leaders explained to several members of a <a href="http://www.faithandimmigration.org/blog/faith-leaders-testify-se ...

Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>[<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=2608">Continued from part 1</a>] I began to wonder what the TBN folks would think of me, a heavily tattooed Christian progressi ...

Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>To say that Christian television is "not my thing" doesn't even get close. To say that Christian television is "not my thing" doesn't even ...