“Doubt Is A Sacred Space” — An excerpt from my book…

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Two very memorable articles about the changing demographics of our churches have been published recently. The first very memorable article was on CNN’s website. The headline read rather ominously, “Millennials leaving church in droves,” (millenials, of course, being those born between 1981 and 1997). The second very memorable article was published by The Daily Beast, and the headline said, “Half of Atheist Kids Wind Up Believing”. Believing in what? Well, in something greater than themselv...
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Missiology, Ministry and Missed Opportunities: Words about the Larycia Hawkins controversy

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Like many of you, I’ve been following the Larycia Hawkins controversy very closely. Hawkins is the tenured professor at Wheaton College who decided to wear a hijab during the season of Advent as a display of solidarity with Muslims. During Dr. Hawkins’ time of solidarity, she publicly declared on her Facebook page that she viewed Muslims as sisters and brothers who have been “formed of the same primordial clay.” She also described them as “people of the book” who worship the same God. ("Peop...
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Regarding Charleston: Let’s All Stop Praying for a While

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I’m certain you’ve heard the news by now. Nine Black people were murdered last night at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church in Charleston, South Carolina. The gunman, a White man, reportedly attended Bible study and prayed with his victims before launching into a tirade about how Black people are “taking over the country” and “raping white women.” He opened fire on the congregants, killing most of those in attendance, including the Rev. Senator Clementa Pinckney. I’ve mostly been...
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