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American Megachurches: Introduction

The Leadership Network and Hartford Institute for Religion Research of the Hartford Seminary have released a joint report on American megachurches by Scott Thumma and Warren Bird called “Changes in American Megachurches: Tracing Eight Years of Growth and Innovation in the Nation’s Largest-attendance … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: The Marriage Metaphor

[I posted this earlier as a comment, in response to a comment by Keith. I need to post it here to set up the post that follows tomorrow.] I need to clarify that I don’t think mere teaching on grace … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: An Open Letter to Our Leaders

Ann wrote, I think you’re misunderstanding the mission and purpose of the Chronicle. I’ve always seen it as a neutral, reporting source (although of course there are those from many sides who would disagree). I don’t think it’s their job … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: On Picking a Church

I get emails. This is edited for anonymity as it was sent to me privately. But the question is important enough I thought I’d post it — I have greatly enjoyed reading your blog. Very exciting stuff! My husband and … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: The Christian Standard Weighs In (First Question)

As I mentioned in the last post under this topic, the Christian Standard has asked 5 questions about the future of the Restoration Movement. This first is — Are we really still a movement? The Standard refers to a definition … Continue reading

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Churches of Christ in Decline?: Prescription for the Baptists

An excellent post by Ed Stetzer on the declining numbers within the Southern Baptist Churches. It’s amazing how similar our problems (and the solutions) are.

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Amazing Grace: Conclusions, Part 3

Spirit. We started these lessons with a couple of lessons on the Holy Spirit. It seems a good place to end as well. In Galatians, after Paul tells us that only faith expressing itself through love matters and that the … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace: Conclusions, Part 2

Knowing God. A true understanding of grace helps us better understand God. In fact, we can only caricature God if we misunderstand grace. When we see God as he truly is — a being who loves us so much that … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace: Conclusions, Part 1

[I’m reposting these for the benefit of our teachers. This is supplemental material in case last week’s outline doesn’t get you through two weeks. The last two are newly posted.] Feeling forgiven. Obviously enough, the first important consequence of understanding … Continue reading

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Churches of Christ in Decline? “Good News and Bad News” (revised)

Dr. Flavil Yeakley, long the unofficial chief statistician of the Churches of Christ, has just published a booklet called “Good News and Bad News: A Realistic Assessment of the Churches of Christ in the United States 2008.” It can be … Continue reading

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