Some great thoughts on generations in general. "The more I thought about generational struggles, the more I realized that generational warfare hurts us all." From "no generation is monolithic" to "the bigger the group, the less likely the absolute generalization is true," this article from The Daytime Renegade brings a lot of insight to the... Continue Reading →
Sometimes a Christian author really nails it. We wanted to share this post with you all because it sums up so much of what we like to talk about on our blog. Let's be honest, the modern American church has the reputation of making people captives to whatever arbitrary and stringent man-made laws are -... Continue Reading →
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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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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According to Tarana Burke, the founder of the “MeToo” campaign, “’Me Too’ is about using the power of empathy to stomp out shame.” There’s no better way to describe it. Empathy, not only the emotion of caring and sympathy, but action behind it. The #metoo has provided a means, an outlet, and a united front... Continue Reading →
More than a year ago, Colin Kaepernick made waves when he began protesting violence against Black Americans, first by staying seated and later kneeling during the national anthem. Since then, many others have joined in the peaceful protest. Many have also become vehemently angry at them for doing so. I admit, I was among those... Continue Reading →
A really good read from The Wild Frontier - is God just or is he gracious? Is there a way to put the two together? And when we're unsure of how we should act, should we always default to grace instead of justice? Some great thoughts here, especially applicable to needing more grace and less... Continue Reading →
A great thought from Millennial Millions blog, a reminder to all generations. Focusing on the problems previous generations handed you is easy. Focusing on the benefits they handed you is hard. Focusing on the problems is important. We're going to have to fix them. But we can't lose perspective that we're all in this together,... Continue Reading →