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What Church Could Be: Part 2 -Less Christian

A lot of time and energy has been invested in the promotion, maintenance and what I call the ‘gate-keeping,’ of Christianity.   And yet, at the same time, it seems to grow less and less clear what the word ‘Christianity’ actually designates.  Even as the Christian Church in America declines dramatically in almost every statistical metric, the

10 Dec 2013
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What Church Could Be: Part 1

Yesterday I had a friend of mine make a less-than-flattering comparison between churches and pay-phones.  For starters, he suggested, there are a lot less of them than there were even 15 years ago.  Sure, every once in a while you’ll still see them, but it always makes you wonder why they’re there, and about the kind of

17 Nov 2013