Reading Time: 9 minutes Evangelical leaders’ attention was always fated to shift from Millennials to Gen Z. Millennials utterly failed to secure a turnaround in the tribe’s fortunes. So now those leaders look to Gen Z to save their bacon.
Yes, Personal Evangelism Is About Disrespect (And It Always Was)
Reading Time: 7 minutes Today, let’s look at how evangelism functions as a form of disrespect, why it’s always been like that, and why evangelical leaders demand it anyway of their flocks.
You Lost Me: How to create change without changing a thing
Reading Time: 11 minutes There’s another magic spell he wants to teach Christians to cast here, and that spell revolves around reframing unpleasant and negative ideas so that churches won’t have to change anything they’re doing with regard to all the stuff that people cite as reasons to steer clear of Christianity.
You Lost Me: No No, Y’all, David Kinnaman is All Wrong.
Reading Time: 10 minutes To say the least, we haven’t been, um, impressed by it a whole lot. And the funny thing is, a lot of his fellow fundagelicals aren’t either. It seems like for every fan of the guy’s ideas, he’s got a couple of detractors–all of whom have their own pet ideas about What the Big Problem Here Is and How to Fix It.
You Lost Me’s Push for Discipling: Hold On, Y’All, He Knows Exactly What to Do.
Reading Time: 9 minutes David Kinnaman’s central idea is that The Big Problem Here is that modern churches aren’t properly discipling their youth and that if this starts happening properly, young people will stop leaving and maybe even return to the groups they’ve already left. Today I’ll teach you what this confusing term means–most of the time anyway–and why this author is totally wrong.
You Lost Me: And How They Lost Us
Reading Time: 10 minutes David Kinnaman always couches Prodigals’ disbelief in terms of how they came to disbelieve. The exact stuff we don’t believe doesn’t interest him nearly as much as how we related to our last Christian group–and how we might relate to another in the future.
You Lost Me: And You Will Keep Losing Me.
Reading Time: 8 minutes This book is a good example of how wishful thinking and self-deception makes Christians incapable of seeing what’s happening in their religion, much less acting to change anything for the better.
Rescuing a Sinking Ship: People to Be “Loved.”
Reading Time: 9 minutes If it wasn’t resulting in endless abuse and cruelty against innocent people worldwide, there’d be something comical about where Christians find themselves nowadays thanks to their ceaseless demonization and harassment of LGBTQ people. I’m sure they thought this was one culture war guaranteed to shock Americans back into churches nationwide; the people responsible for the hatred probably had no idea in the world that anything could go wrong with a smear campaign against that group. The whole thing probably felt like a total slam-dunk. And now it’s all gone hideously pear-shaped.
Short-Circuiting the System Disconnect: Know Thyself
Reading Time: 9 minutes We’ve been talking lately about system design in Christianity. Today I’ll show you Step 1 of how a bad idea can get enshrined in a system.
The Christian’s Guide to Ex-Christians: Look, This Isn’t That Hard to Understand.
Reading Time: 8 minutes The sky is falling, but Christians are looking at the ground to find out why. Check out this fascinating article from a Christian news site about young people who are leaving their religion in record numbers. The news was even worse than I’d originally thought and it looks like things are just deteriorating faster and […]