Do church leaders really love us, or do they want to use us? Plus, the gap between what’s preached and what’s heard.
Not everyone leaving the church is leaving the faith, and they’re not all leaving for the same reasons.
1/3rd of Americans are now “de-churched.” You might be one of them. In my first video editorial—which I’m calling “Skye Writing,” I try to…
The are called by different names. David Kinnaman calls them nomads, prodigals, or exiles, depending on their particular flavor. Josh Packard calls them church refugees. Other researchers speak of the de-churched. What they share is a disillusionment with the popular, institutional forms of Christianity. They feel unrepresented by those speaking in Christ’s name in the media, and they carry distrust toward many of the organizations that claim to advance his mission. Not all of the disillusioned have abandoned Christian faith, although that is also happening, but they are searching for a place to belong.
A generation coddled by helicopter parents and a consumer church isn’t prepared for the demands of faith.
The evidence is mounting that consumer brands are becoming religions.
Understanding the economics that drive the Evangelical Industrial Complex.
God is working even in those who seem most distant from him.
As the people of Christ we are called to faith, not fear, and we are called to sacrificial love, not self-preservation. As Henri Nouwen wrote, “Fear engenders fear. It never gives birth to love.” Surely there is a third path that follows in the steps of Jesus; I will call it The Naaman Option.
If you have had enough church for a lifetime, if you are just about “done,” me too.