An observation on “Church ‘Marketing’”

Hyperbole aside, this is ridiculous. It's called the gospel. Marketing is not a negative phrase or concept that churches or religious orgs should shy away from. "Navel-gazing" and "not spreading the word," however, are according to the Gospels. The marketing of the church is an invention of the Antichrist. If you have to 'sell' your … Continue reading An observation on “Church ‘Marketing’”

Response to “America’s Empty-Church Problem”

Maybe it’s the values of hierarchy, authority, and tradition that churches instill. Maybe religion builds habits and networks that help people better weather national traumas, and thus retain their faith that the system works. For whatever reason, secularization isn’t easing political conflict. It’s making American politics even more convulsive and zero-sum. Source: America’s Empty-Church Problem … Continue reading Response to “America’s Empty-Church Problem”

Church Marketing and Political Issues

Six-in-ten religiously unaffiliated Americans – adults who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” – say the questioning of religious teachings is a very important reason for their lack of affiliation. The second-most-common reason is opposition to the positions taken by churches on social and political issues, cited by 49% of … Continue reading Church Marketing and Political Issues

Why People Do or Don’t Go To Church

Interesting stats about the reasons Americans attend or do not attend church regularly... "For instance, two-thirds of people who cite logistical reasons or that they “practice their faith in other ways” as very important factors in keeping them away from religious services identify with a religion (primarily Christianity), as do 56% of those who dislike … Continue reading Why People Do or Don’t Go To Church

Romans 13 and American Appeals to Authority of the Government

Good read on the historical uses of Romans 13 in American history to justify obedience to the government in light of our Attorney General's use of that text today to defend the deplorable and immoral and utterly un-Christian internment camps we're setting up along the Mexican border for children that we're forcibly separating children from … Continue reading Romans 13 and American Appeals to Authority of the Government

What the Foreskin of Jesus Can Teach Us All

The long-standing popularity of relics can also be understood in terms of today’s two big cultural obsessions — professional sports and celebrities — where fans often seek out a connection with their favorite teams or stars (including their discarded jerseys and other possessions). The relic system, says Farley, also “acted as an instrument of tribalism” … Continue reading What the Foreskin of Jesus Can Teach Us All

What is real? Forking universes, equalities, and religion

When scientists search for meaning in quantum physics, they may be straying into a no-man’s-land between philosophy and religion. But they can’t help themselves. They’re only human. “If you were to watch me by day, you would see me sitting at my desk solving Schrödinger’s equation...exactly like my colleagues,” says Sir Anthony Leggett, a Nobel … Continue reading What is real? Forking universes, equalities, and religion

Bible Domains

When the society — which lists several conservative Christian “founding partners” on the get.bible website — first applied for the rights to .bible, it pledged to provide wide access to “all qualified parties” interested in Bible issues. Soon after acquiring the domain name, though, ABS barred publication of material it defined as “antithetical to New Testament … Continue reading Bible Domains

Thinking Religion 145: Thinking About the Term “Partners”

Dr. Thomas Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the term "partners" in its modern context and whether or not it is performative for certain couples. That leads to a discussion about the role of social media in our lives if we could, in fact, delete Facebook. Source: Thinking Religion Episode 145: Thinking About the … Continue reading Thinking Religion 145: Thinking About the Term “Partners”

Changing Conceptions of Marriage and Church Marketing

Fascinating stats here for same-sex and different-sex marriages. To think of marriage as a trophy or celebration of what two people have accomplished in life that come together into a new stage directly flies in the face of so much of what churches of all stripes and sizes (but especially my beloved Baptist tradition) have … Continue reading Changing Conceptions of Marriage and Church Marketing

Churches Should Turn and Face the Strange

  The "America" that Baby Boomers and my fellow Gen X'ers grew up with is rapidly changing, and Protestant churches are an example of community institutions that will be most affected... and made irrelevant or obsolete if they continue to operate as if it's still 1985. Of course, whites are a smaller share of the post-millennial … Continue reading Churches Should Turn and Face the Strange