Hard Times for the Mainline

Wither the Mainline church? It’s a question those of us who are part of a mainline/progressive denomination have been wondering for years.  Or, it is a question we continually hear about.  Our numbers continue to shrink, as does our monetary reserves. Everyone has their reasons as to why mainline churches seem to be in sort of the death spiral.  I want to use this blog post to share some of those responses and what they offer to our churches. The most common response to shrinking numbers in our churches is one of mild annoyance.  Fellow Disciples Pastor Derek Penwell, shares … Continue reading Hard Times for the Mainline

For Heaven’s Sake

I have to write a piece for the Christian Century on a lectionary passage.  I decided on writing something on Revelation 7:-9-17.  It’s kind of a fitting text, because it deals with the afterlife (or could be interpreted that way).  Right now I’m a little frustrated on the subject of heaven.  My views of heaven have changed over the years, but I’ve mostly believed that there was something beyond this life, this plane of existence. The problem I have with heaven is not as much the concept, but the people around me who don’t put much stock in it. One … Continue reading For Heaven’s Sake