April 07, 2005

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When Christians Quit Church
Interesting that Charisma Magazine finally is picking up this topic ... an interesting quote here (which I agree is also true in my personal conversations & observations with friends in Pentecostal & Charismatic churches in general):

"Jamieson also identified four main reasons why people leave a church--cultural preferences, personal factors such as broken relationships, disagreements over doctrine and changing stages in their faith development.

This last area, he says, is especially important in Pentecostal and charismatic churches, which "are very good at attracting younger people and introducing them to Christian faith and God, but not so good at helping them to work through normal later-faith development." "

Emergent Democracy
I remember reading this before "emergent" became a buzz word for us Christians ... well some of us :-) BTW, this is a very informative and insightful paper.

Brian Walsh: Selected Publications
More toilet reading? I found this Brian's articles a good read as well ... ok I admit I'm a knowledge junkie ... who requires more wisdom and thus more time for reflection which should lead to insights than just the mere acquisition of information!

emerging, emergent, and neo-evangelicalism
Maggi does it again!

Interesting "The principle of emergence" graphic there and loads of info surrounding the term.

Christian Existential Humanism
stumbled on this from the previous link ... Facinating .. that so much effort has gone into this.

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