Category Archives: Churches of Christ

A Hospice for Dead Churches

Part 1 Ed Stetzer is an expert on church growth and a consultant to the Southern Baptist Convention. I’m a fan. He recently wrote a blog post called “Creating a Hospice Ministry for Churches.” I thought it was about churches … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ — Is There a Third Way?

A friend of mine from high school popped up here at One In Jesus the other day asking what this “progressive Church of Christ” thing might be. He’s from another Christian tribe. And it’s kinda hard to explain. I jotted … Continue reading

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Gospel Advocate: “That Liberalism Among Us”

I subscribe to the Gospel Advocate. I just like keeping up with the more conservative wing of the Churches of Christ, and the Gospel Advocate is pretty typical of the “mainstream” conservative Churches. In a very interesting turn, the July … Continue reading

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Mark Love: Why I Don’t Leave

We’re continuing to consider some posts from Mark Love’s blog Dei-liberations. This will likely be the last post until post-surgery. Today, we consider Mark’s post “Why I Don’t Leave Even Though …” (ellipsis in original). Now, Mark’s post is about … Continue reading

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Churches of Christ: Our History of Unity

Our preacher is teaching a series on Wednesday nights called “What I Like About the Churches of Christ.” He had me fill in the last two weeks. Here’s the PowerPoint from my classes (WARNING: takes a while to load) –

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Churches of Christ: Bruce McLarty Named President of Harding University

Harding University has held a special place in my heart for some time now. Yes, they aren’t exactly on the cutting edge of the progressive movement within the Churches of Christ, but two of my sons and one of my … Continue reading

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Churches of Christ in Decline: Lessons from Liberal Christianity

Ross Douthat has published an intriguing piece in the New York Times Sunday Review dealing with the demise of liberal Christianity in the U.S. Now, the usual reaction to such reports from the Churches of Christ and other conservative denominations … Continue reading

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Churches of Christ in Decline: Comparing Ourselves with the Southern Baptists

There are, of course, many similarities between the Churches of Christ and the Southern Baptists. Sadly, one similarity is that both denominations are in numerical decline. This has been known for a while, but we now see that the rate … Continue reading

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Churches of Christ: Christian Chronicle reports slow growth by the independent Christian Churches

The Christian Chronicle has just posted an article criticizing the notion that the independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ* have been enjoying “phenomenal” growth.

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Churches of Christ: Why They Left: An Action Plan

We are reflecting on Why They Left: Listening to Those Who Have Left Churches of Christ by Flavil R. Yeakley, Jr. I read this book on the plane, flying to the Tulsa Workshop last month. I immediately knew I had … Continue reading

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