Adam Walker Cleaveland, pastor/blogger/thinker, is currently running a series on (Re)Imagining Christianity. He posed two questions and asked a number of people to write guests posts with their responses:
- What is one belief, practice or element of Christianity that must die so that Christianity can move forward and truly impact the world in the next 100 years?
- What is one belief, practice or element of Christianity that we must hold onto and live out more fully so that Christianity can move forward and truly impact the world in the next 100 years?
I feel honored to share my thoughts alongside folks like Landon Whitsitt, Tony Jones, Carol Howard Merritt, Clint Schnekloth, Lars Rood, Sarah Bessey, and Troy Bronsink, among others. Here’s an excerpt from my post on nostalgia in response to the first prompt:
I think we face a similar case of nostalgia in the church. The state of the typical American church is a little unsatisfying, so we long for “the good days.” When denominations were growing and thriving. When people were biblically literate. When youth ministry and worship didn’t need to compete with sports practices. When families worshipped together, and kids dressed up and sat quietly in the pews during worship. When… When… When…
It makes me wonder, When? When did church actually look like that?
I have a suspicion that those days never really existed. Or if they did exist, they weren’t as perfect as people imagine.
The series will have a number of posts through late-April, so be sure to keep checking Pomomusings for the latest reflections and to share your comments.