Spiritual Trends

New and Improved Dark Ages

Flipping through TV channels, I paused on a sincere, yet bizarre religious show where in a matter of moments I heard that the devil is working on perverting our children, that there is absolutely no scientific evidence in support of evolution, that all homosexuals are atheists out to destroy the […]

Worshipedia

We live in a Wiki world.  A collaborative, evolving, and highly interactive way of creating and recreating reality.  Facts and opinions merge to create a new kind of “flexible” truth.  Wikipedia has transformed the way we think about information and the authority of the written word.  Knowledge is built over […]

Flexibible (Josh’s Turn)

I shared some thoughts from an email exchange with a young pastor on the west coast (Open to Interpretation), and he sent me a short response to post.  So here it is, Josh’s response: Hey, I’m Josh, I’m single, I’m twenty-eight, I have an M.Div. from Illif, and I now […]

What Am I Missing?

I think I have simply evolved into an old fart.  Quite recently and suddenly I find myself at odds with a significant number of leaders in the church.  It is like we are speaking a different language.  No, not “like” we are speaking a different language — it’s a different […]

A More Prayermissive Society

Various recent studies and articles note an upswing in the practice of prayer in American culture.  Must be a good thing, right?  More prayer, more devotion to God?  More prayer, more kindness and compassion in the world?  More prayer, more attention to God’s will?  Not so much.  The increase in prayer […]

Sects in the City

I was speaking to a pastor from Chicago who lamented the appearance of street preachers who claimed the corner outside his church to read scripture aloud, preach, and pray with passersby.  I asked if the men (they were all male) were disruptive or aggressive?  No.  I asked if they accosted […]

Superstitious Atheists, Superficial Believers

I read with some amusement the article in USA Today about “de-baptism” yesterday, and it raised for me the same question such stories always do: “What are atheists so afraid of?”  In the past year, disgruntled and former believers have gathered in Ohio, Texas, Florida, and Georgia have gathered before […]

The Happy, Happy Hornet’s Nest

Man, what a can of worms!  In two days I have received over 30 emails “helping” me to understand: the emergent movement the emerging church Emergent Village the emergent church The Emerging Church the emerging movement the Emergent Church the emerging and missional church The Missional Church emerging spirituality And […]

United Methodist Emergent-cy

“Are you emerging?” the young pastor asked as he shook my hand.  He has been reading my blog, and simply had to know.  At first I looked down to see if I had come untucked, then I realized what he was asking (a variation on “are you emergent?”).  I never […]