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May  2016 24
There have always been congregations that can pay well, but there has never been a congregational system full of substantial “livings.” There have always been relatively wealthy and relatively poor churches.
May  2016 11
Phillips Seminary President Gary Peluso-Verdend is inviting auditors into his fall course, "Christianity and Democracy: A Necessary and Tense Relationship." There are enrollment and course links at the bottom of the post.
May  2016 03
Phillips Seminary President Gary Peluso-Verdend writes that clergy health and well-being has declined along with the mainline Protestant church. He calls for less blaming and a more Zen approach to the problem.
Apr  2016 19
With today’s average age in mainline churches at about 60, with many of the largest financial contributors to those congregations in their upper 60s, their 70s, and their 80s, and with such different church-going patterns among the thinner younger generations, there is no doubt that the “death tsunami” will powerfully disrupt an entire way of doing church.
Apr  2016 06
The numbers game requires a selective reading of Scripture. From the Hebrew Bible, ignore stories of mass disobedience, that sometimes a movement is successful in numbers but on the wrong side of God! Think Aaron and the Golden Calf story (Exodus 32).
Mar  2016 14
Would Christians be able to join together in a fast—in a day of self-examination and penance—during some Lent, for our national sins, for those ways in which through actions taken and actions neglected we, as a nation, have broken relationships and acted as if the U.S. is the standard of laws rather than one nation, among others, accountable to a higher law?
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