Recently, I was interviewed for a National Public Radio program related to my new book, The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated.
It was a robust and spirited conversation, but it was the off-air dialogue that may have been the most revealing. The host and I continued talking after the program. He was among the "nones" himself, and was curious about the kind of church I led – particularly one that reached so many like him.
"So you must be on the liberal side, right? I mean, if you're reaching people who are turned off to church."
"Actually," I said, "we would be considered more conservative in our theology. But there isn't a legalistic or judgmental spirit running around. People feel very free to ask questions and explore things."
The conservative thing threw him.
"So you take the Bible literally and all that?"Click here to continue reading this post and to view the blog archive.
That's where the god tiles come in. I found out that my local residents' association was responsible for installing the tiles in our neighborhood, in the hopes that people would refrain from peeing on a picture of a god or within the god's benevolent but omniscient gaze.(Mohanty, The Atlantic)
There are 47,000 Christian places of worship across Britain, but the traditional arrangement, whereby congregations are required to pay for the upkeep of their churches, is being stretched to breaking point by metal theft, financial troubles, and an ever dwindling number of parishioners – particularly in rural areas.(Shute, The Telegraph)
Groups like Faith and Freedom Coalition and Susan B. Anthony's List are beefing up their grass-roots efforts this year, turning to strategies more often embraced by President Obama than the Christian right, like using online data and micro-targeting to reach or visit hundreds of thousands of voters in key counties in states like Colorado, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina — states that will determine whether Republicans gain a majority in the Senate. (Palmer, Politico)
The National Retail Federation estimates that people will cough up $350 million just on Halloween costumes—for their pets.(Lam, The Atlantic)
Stories about athletes and domestic violence, the widespread consumption of pornography, and what it means to be a husband and father are filling our news cycles and shaping our culture's ideas of manhood. So what does it mean to act like a man?
Throughout the month of October, Senior Pastor Jim White will explore the Biblical call to manhood and what it really takes to "man up."Click here to see this product and more.