So Christmas has come and gone, and as we approach New Year's, we stuff away all the decorations and get rid of the tree, bidding Christmas farewell. It seems that the holidays have disappeared as quickly as they came, even though they seem to have started right after Halloween in Walmart. So does this mean... Continue Reading →
“Pastors want to see young butts in the pews, but in the broader scheme of things, church is not limited to a building. Church is other people. ” Great thoughts from Sarahbeth Caplin on why more than just Millennials are walking out of churches – but keeping their faith.
To be honest, I’m a little annoyed by all these alarmist-sounding “Why are millennials leaving the church in droves?!” kinds of articles. Okay, not all of them are quite so alarmist. More like…concerned.
There are sources that want to understand, like this one here, and Christian groups that just want a new demographic to make a strawman out of, like this one. And then there are personal blog-style posts that I kinda-sorta, almost-but-not-quite relate to, like this one, which hits many of my own concerns, and yet strays a little further from the points I wish it would make.
The problem is generalizing a demographic that really can’t be put in a box, no matter how large the survey sample. People are complex, as is faith. But Millennials tend to lean this way or that way, studies say. They vote in these patterns and support Issue X over…
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Even if you did a great job of remembering the reason for the season this Christmas, we want to encourage you to keep that spirit alive all year long! Remember the season for the reason never ends. The reason for Christmas doesn't end, now that the holiday is passed. While we pinpoint December 25th specifically... Continue Reading →
Focusing on the false narrative that Jesus was rejected upon his arrival gives us a victim complex that makes us miss the whole point of Christmas. The Gospel is so much better than that.
From all of us at Rogue Millennials, we wish you a Happy Advent. I’ll be honest, though; this is the first time I’ve ever really observed Advent in any way. Before this holiday season, it was only ever just something with that candle wreath thing at the Methodist church where my family goes... Continue Reading →
My parents recently celebrated their 40th anniversary. Can you imagine being with someone for 40 years? I certainly can't. But I know I'd like to celebrate a 40th anniversary some day. Being married for so long, my parents typically celebrate their marriage a few days after the actual event. I guess when you've been together... Continue Reading →
We Rogues often look around at churches and ask, “Is this all we’ve become? Aren’t we destined for so much more?” Enjoy this great article from Laura at “Enough Light” on how prayer should be so much more than we tend to use it for as well.
Prayer. Awhile back I saw a question asked somewhere (forget where) about prayer. It was something like this:
If you found out that every prayer you have prayed for the last 6 months would be answered…Would the whole world be a better place, or would only your immediate life be better?
It is natural to pray about our own needs and those immediate to us, but our prayers should encompass more than that too. It is true that we can’t pray for everyone and everything in the world, but perhaps we need to broaden our prayers some? Perhaps our prayers are a bit self-focused?
I further thought of this question:
If you found out that every prayer you have prayed for the last 6 months would be answered…Would the answers be entirely/mostly physical in nature – health, employment, travel safety? Or would the answers be spiritual in nature too –…
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