Tradition and the need to update church methods and beliefs

Tradition and the need to update church methods and beliefs

July 2010 Connections. Many pastors won’t admit being progressive Christians, for fear of losing members. But many members hunger for a progressive form of the Christian message. Read/download 7-2010 Connections >

July 2009 Connections. Oklahoma UCC pastor Robin Meyers says the church is at a fork in a long, winding road. It needs to step backward, then go forward on a less-traveled road.  We have come to a fork… Continue reading

June 2009 Connections. Toronto pastor Gretta Vosper’s book With or Without God urges the church to stop claiming that the Bible is God’s authoritative word for all time. I’ve just read a book that almost made me want to… Continue reading

Mar 2009 Connections. A central Texas UMC, like the citizens who refused to look through Galileo’s telescope 400 years ago, refused to let its members be given new information. A recent newspaper article reminded me that this year… Continue reading

Feb 2008 Connections. Many descriptions of God require people to leave their minds behind, finds Val Webb. Such descriptions cause many to leave their religious tradition. Read/download 2-2008 Connections >

Feb 2001 Connections. Probably few members of today’s mainline U.S. churches can legitimately be called fundamentalists. An increasing number, however, share several beliefs with fundamentalists. They pose tests of faith and want to oust members who fail them. Some… Continue reading

Oct 1999 Connections. In his book The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1999), Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman describes the new system that he believes is shaping world affairs. Read/download 10-1999 Connections

June 1999 Connections. The church now lives in a culture tha is mainly electronic, but most mainline churches are still trying to communicate the gospel using the methods of a culture based on print. Read/download 6-1999 Connections

Apr 1999 Connections. Most congregations and denominations are addicted to a lot of self=destructive habits, observes Thomas G. Bandy, a program officer of the United Methodist Church of Canada and a former United Methodist pastor… Read/download 4-1999 Connections