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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: Part 9, A New Restorationism

It’s just so easy, and facile, to say the Restoration Movement has run its course and we need to do something else now. If that were entirely true, why aren’t we all Baptists or Methodists or something else? Why are … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: Part 8, Predictions

Only God knows the future, and he’s not shared it with me. But here’s my best guess. And it’s part of why I’m so unhappy with how we progressives are acting. This is, of course, the unless-something-happens-to-fix-it version. * Many … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: Part 7, On Being Held Back by Forgotten Fights

Now, one of the biggest reasons we don’t know how to cooperate to accomplish truly large tasks, such as missions, church planting, and publishing Sunday school literature, is the old “missionary society” controversy. A missionary society is just a nonprofit … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: Part 6, Forgetting Who We Are

* The progressives are moving so rapidly into a generic evangelicalism that we may lose the Godly parts of our Restoration Movement heritage. We have much to contribute to the evangelical mainstream — but not if we forget who we … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: Part 5, Leaving the Conservatives Behind

* The progressives have largely turned our backs on the conservatives, not creating the literature or institutions necessary to bring more conservatives into the progressive fold. Let’s suppose that a group of progressive thought leaders got together to develop a … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: Part 4, Defining Our Challenges

My concerns with us are – * The progressives have failed to articulate a thoughtful, comprehensive theology for why we believe what we believe. * The progressives have largely turned our backs on the conservatives, not creating the literature or … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: Part 3, Compassion for the Conservatives

To understand my complaints with the progressives (including me), I have to explain some of my concerns for the spiritual state of the conservatives. Do you remember my earlier summary of Joe Beam’s article on what’s going on in the … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: Part 2, Why We Don’t Know Who We Are

If you were to ask most Church members whether we’re headed for a split as a “fellowship,” meaning denomination, most would say the split is already well underway. Many would say it’s already complete. In my church, when a couple … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: Part 1, Background

Lately, I’ve been pondering the direction of the progressive Churches of Christ. Where are we going to be in 20 or 30 years? More importantly, where do we want to be in 20 or 30 years? Now, many congregational leaders … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: Introduction

Oops. This got posted prematurely. I’m not sure how, but gremlins have been known to haunt the Internet. What a few of you saw was a draft. The real thing is coming in a few weeks. But it’s still in … Continue reading

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