Category Archives: Church History

In Search of Deep Faith

I had the joy of meeting Dr. Jim Belcher some years ago when he pastored Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California. I cultivated a growing relationship with Jim, and his family, and spoke several times to his congregation. I … Continue reading

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A Call to Reject Triumphalism and Embrace Unity

I often speak of the scandal of Christian schism. I choose these words carefully. Indeed, they are by now “historic” and imminently important to the pursuit of unity among all Christians at this point in the third millennium. What do … Continue reading

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“Unmarried Young Adults Not Celebrated Here”

When millennials come to embrace the Christian faith they are faced with a major problem when it comes to becoming connected with the life of most congregations. I have witnessed this again and again and saw it plainly during my … Continue reading

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Where Is the Millennial Generation in the Decline of the Church? (2)

Some sociological studies say that millennials are selfish, greedy, and narcissistic. My optimism for this generation does not go unchallenged, especially by those in the Gen-X generation. (This includes those born after the baby boom, which ended in 1964, and before the … Continue reading

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Where Is the Millennial Generation in the Decline of the Church? (1)

I’ve written this week about church decline in America. The numbers are obvious, the reasons are less so. What pastors and leaders are doing about this varies and the hope for real change is not clear yet. But what about … Continue reading

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How Big is the Drop-Out Rate in the American Church

Numbers are somewhat easy to crunch and study. But when this comes to the church they can be very deceiving. On the one hand some numbers say that a church is not in serious decline yet when spiritual vitality and … Continue reading

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A Humble Conversation with a Christian Science Practitioner About Jesus

One of those opportunities that I am afforded because of my mission in ecumenism is rich dialogue with people from many diverse backgrounds. Last fall I spoke to the North American Academy on Ecumenists, which met in Chicago. I delivered … Continue reading

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Let Us Stop Judging

One of the most amazing autobiographical texts in all the letters of Paul occurs in the first chapter of his Epistle to the Philippians. Here we read a powerful and moving account of Paul’s personal circumstances. (The italics used in … Continue reading

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The Great Apologetic – Love

As readers of my book, Your Church Is Too Small, know my life was radically transformed by a deeply spiritual encounter with God in the prayer of Jesus found in John 17:20-24: “I ask not only on behalf of these, … Continue reading

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Those Who Are Not Against Jesus Are For Him

In my book, Your Church Is Too Small, I urge what I call “missional ecumenism.” This is a textured theological way of saying that we need to show the world our unity by what we do together, especially in talking … Continue reading

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