Religion Among the Millennials

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released a new report yesterday: Religion Among the Millennials. (Millennials are people born in 1981 or later.) You can view the introduction and overview here, or the full report here. The subtitle of the report gets at the gist of it: Less Religiously Active Than Older Americans, But Fairly Traditional In Other Ways. This report is one in a series of ongoing reports from the Pew Forum’s ongoing Project: Millennials: A Portrait of Generation Next. Continue reading Religion Among the Millennials

The Meeting of the Waters

Fritz Kling, The Meeting of the Waters: 7 Global Currents That Will Propel the Future Church (Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2010). $16.99, 240 pages. From 2006-2007, Fritz Kling and his associates facilitated a “Global Church Listening Tour” with 151 church leaders in 19 countries. The Meeting of the Waters is his report on emerging trends that will affect the mission of the worldwide church. This report is timely since younger Christians are rethinking both the nature of the church’s mission and of the missionary calling. Here are the trends that emerged through Kling’s conversations with church leaders: Mercy: … Continue reading The Meeting of the Waters

The Holy Crap Must Go

Apologies for the scatological slang in the title, but Walter Russell Mead, son of Loren B. Mead, makes this provocative point in an article under that title: In the spirit of Martin Luther, let me post a provocative thesis on the wall:  If virtually the entire regional and national staff of every mainline denomination were to be called home to heaven overnight in a mainline version of the Rapture, leaving only the equivalent of Bishop Baker and his secretary in their place, I am sure that someone somewhere would notice a difference, but the effect on either the spiritual state … Continue reading The Holy Crap Must Go