Millennials & the Bible

Barna Group recently released findings from the largest survey it has ever done on a single generation's view of the Bible.  Christian Millennials' (those born between 1984 and 2002) views of the Bible vary considerably from those of non-Christian Millennials. Among so-called practicing Christian Millennials 96% believe the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life, 85% believe the Bible is the literal word of God or is divinely inspired with no errors Read More …

Your Church Can’t Ignore

Carey Nieuwhof, lead pastor of Connexus Community Church, recently shared a list of cultural trends of significance to churches.  His list includes: online as the new default, the death of checks, and declining trust in authority and institutions. So What? Churches cannot live in bubbles.  Local congregations must be aware of and adapt to cultural norms insofar as how people live.  If people can't experience your church online, are expected to give financially via check, and are Read More …

Viewing the Bible as Holy

M. Craig Barnes is the Robert Meneilly Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the Pastor of Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA.  His "Faith Matters" article in the December 13, 2011 edition of the Christian Century explores how his view of the Bible developed over time.  It includes these words: The more I understand about the Bible's dust-and-grit humanity, the more holy it becomes to me.  Long after I'd left behind my father's theory of the Read More …

New Ways of Being Church

One of many signs of the increasing awareness of the importance of technology for ministry was The Clergy Journal's April/May 2011 edition's theme: Technology and Community: Building Community.  Keith Howard, past executive director of the  Emerging Spirit initiative of the United Church of Canada, and Aaron McCarroll Gallegos, executive producer of wondercafe.ca, contributed an article entitled "Technology and Community Building," which includes these challenging words: Social media creates Read More …