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.
We live in a work obsessed culture, but Christ calls us to rest from our labors so we can return to our work with renewed focus.
The culture is obsessed with it, and the church doesn’t talk about it.
How pop Christianity’s inability to say “I don’t know” is keeping us from experiencing God.