This post is part of a series on theological variety and also a companion personal experience piece to a previous article about varieties in belief regarding the Bible. For the introductory article in the Theological Variety series, click here. For the post on views on the Bible, click here. One of my favorite movies of... Continue Reading →
Great thoughts from The Millennial Pastor – among them,
“As I had yet another conversation lamenting the absence of young people, the decline of attendance and giving, and the general sad state of the present church it dawned on me. These people are grieving.”
“God’s mission hasn’t changed, just the vehicle isn’t as fancy as it once was. The Gospel is still preached, sacraments still administered, the Body of Christ is still present… even in churches whose glory days are over.”
“Will the memory of the glory days keep us looking backwards? Will we admit that our desire to bring the young people back, might actually be us saying that we want to be young again?”
“The church has always been filled with grey hair in my memory… The church in North America will need leaders who can let go of the glory days. Maybe even leaders who don’t remember the glory days. Leaders who can see the church as it is now, rather than what it used to be… Because we are the ones who showed up to seminary full of energy, called to serve a church in decline.”
“You give us hope for the future.”
The first time I heard those words, I was 23 years old and in seminary. A group of us had travelled 7 hours, from the prairies to the mountains, to attend a study conference for pastors and other church professionals. We were a group of 20 and 30 somethings, all Masters of Divinity students already having bachelor’s degrees and work experience, but compared to the average age of pastors in the mainline, we may as well have been teenagers. So we probably seemed like a group of disruptive students crashing a conference for older folks.
But instead of being grumpy with us or giving us glares (as church folk can sometimes be guilty of doing with young noise makers), we were heartily welcomed by our future colleagues. Our relative energy and enthusiasm seemed to bring them some life and excitement.
And that is…
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Sometimes I find a poetic piece uplifting – I suppose that’s the appeal of half the Old Testament, from Psalms to the Prophets. Please take a moment to enjoy this one and drop by ferdswordsblog.wordpress.com for more from our brother woodtic – this poem in particular is a good reminder of the difference between how we see ourselves in our own minds and how we experience the world when confronted by our smallness in it – a call to humility we could all benefit from heeding!
I’m Chuck Norris with a 250 pound, 5′ 11″ 59 year old body,
Look me in the eye.
If I was younger and my physique was not so shoddy,
You’d see my fists can fly.
I’m Albert Einstein and Ravi Zacharias all rolled into one,
My wisdom known near and far.
Of course today I can’t even remember
Where the keys are for my car.
I am the politician with all the answers for mankind,
My popularity is soaring,
Yet while I preach from the pulpit on any given Sunday,
I hear somebody snoring.
Here I come just a walking down the street
With a million dollar smile.
Little do the people who see me know
I can barely walk a mile.
If I could only be the man up in my head,
I would be John Wayne, Tozer, and Carey Grant,
Of course those guys are dead.
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From God Interest magazine, some thoughts on why an increasing number of people, particularly Millennials, consider themselves as "Nones" - people without any religious affiliation at all. We think they make some good suggestions about how faith needs to be taught and practiced more in the home - many Millennials grew up with a faith... Continue Reading →
2018 is quite a time to be alive. It almost seems as if the liturgical calendar is trolling the world as Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, falls on Valentine's Day, while Easter falls on April Fools' Day. This is just too good. All joking aside, however, this may hopefully give us more reason to... Continue Reading →