25.11.04

Recent Readings, Quotes


"The current church culture in NA is on life support. It is living off the work, money and energy of previous generations from a previous world order. The plug will be pulled either when the money runs out (80 percent of money given to congregations comes from people aged fifty five and older) or when the remaining three fourths of a generation who are institutional loyalists die off or both..."

"A growing number of people are leaving the institutional church for a new reason. They are not leaving because they have lost their faith. They are leaving to preserve their faith."
(
i McNeal, Reggie. The Present Future. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2003. p.1)


"Christianity started out in Palestine as a fellowship. Then it moved to Greece and became a philosophy, then it went to Rome and became an institution, and then it went to Europe and became a government. Finally it came to America where we made it an enterprise."
(
iii Richard Halverson, while he was US Senate Chaplain. Source Unknown.)

some good quotes stolen from an article on Allelon, which you can't get to without registering :). (www.allelon.org).

Also, I found an amazing sight that anyone who deeply cares about the future of the Christian church and the development of its theology, and so on, in this ever changing culture should check out: www.opensourcetheology.net (to lazy to link it)

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But that is really only a matter of perspective; and besides, I suspect that the believer is seldom entirely convinced by the rhetoric. What appears as conviction is often more like denial, not a certainty about the truth but a refusal, driven by a fundamental intellectual insecurity, to recognize the force of the objections." A quote from an article on open source theology, referring to the objections Christianity faces and how believers deal with them.

1 comment:

Superman said...

These were some great quotes Andrew. I found they really hit home for me. I'll definitely check out the website you got some of them from.