A nice, low-key evening at the pub last night. In the cask was the Aztec Gold, a porter with chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and chipotle… a spicy delicious combination.
We had some good conversations on the topics below:
1. If the church is to have a future it must:
2. Without proper structures life will never grow. Faith, naturally intuitive, cannot grow without a proper use of logic (structure). Where there are lapses of faith, there are broken structures of logic. Faith stretches our logic, and logic should create a space to experience our faith.
3. “I relax and enjoy life. I know that whatever I need to know is revealed to me in the perfect time and space sequence.”
4. This offends me: _________________________.
5. Humanism or atheism is a wonderful philosophy of life as long as you are big, strong, and between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five. But watch out if you are in a lifeboat and there are others who are younger, bigger, or smarter.
What do you think? Is the church in trouble? What must it do going forward?
I have to say that I highly enjoyed a couple of response pieces:
Diana Butler Bass: A Resurrected Christianity?
Scott Paeth: The Power of the Powerless
Thanks to Tony Jones for pointing out those responses. He has more on his blog: Theoblogy: What Crisis in Christianity?!?