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If you heed the headlines, US Christianity is in free fall with Protestants and Catholics losing population. And while folks claiming no religion, called Nones, are growing, many of them do believe without belonging to a church. […] Read More

Because most churches avoid politics, we come off as irrelevant or silent about the most pressing issues. Perhaps we should take a cue from late-night talk-show hosts. A humorous monologue can open the door to serious talk. […] Read More

Hierarchical thinking creates far more losers than winners. We view relationships as levels on a pyramid, always assessing whether we are above, below or equal to others. Instead, let’s lift others up and flatten the pyramid. […] Read More

The Reformation served the world well for the last 500 years, breaking old structures and erecting new ones. But it also had its flaws. The time for a new era of the church needs to begin, moving from reformation to transformation. […] Read More

While some moderate Baptist churches will hire women to fill their pulpits from time to time, women are far from welcome as ministers in too many congregations – even so-called ‘moderate’ churches. […] Read More

The church is both a household and a body politic. When churches recover and live in alignment with the gospel’s political claims, they will attract the attention and even ire of the powers and principalities of this world. […] Read More

What’s the goal of preaching a sermon? While every sermon needs to have good content, sermons can have a variety of purposes, including that people may do or experience or believe something, rather than primarily “learn” something. […] Read More

Over the past decade, the percentage of U.S. adults who identify as Christian has declined almost every year, moving from 77% affiliation in 2009 to 65% in 2018-19. However, the news for religion in the U.S. isn’t all bad. […] Read More

A team at College Park Baptist Church in North Carolina has worked to raise awareness about creation justice. One of its most significant initiatives was committing to install solar panels for sustainable energy production. […] Read More

While it’s important to remember the past and appreciate what it can teach us, none of us can hold onto the past. As the events of our lives shift around us, we must embrace the transitions and allow God to transform us. […] Read More