Perhaps the church as we know it is being replaced and replaced because God is actually being replaced… In this episode, part 4a of the RePlacing Church series, I take a look at what I call “Carl Sagan's Psalm,” interact with Diana Butler Bass' excellent recent book Grounded, and listen to the wisdom of folks like St. Thomas Aquinas, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Supreme Leader Snoke, as I […]
The church is integrating… People everywhere are waking up to the presence and activity of God in all aspects of their lives: in the places they live, work, and play. In this episode, the third of a four part series on the idea of RePlacing church, I talk about adjectival modifiers, Bowe Bergdahl, and Jacob’s ladder as I explore how this integration is impacting conventional and institutional church, […]
In this mini-episode, I take a stab at answering my first question: Ben, you talk about new expressions of church and innovation, but don’t you think that there is still a place for more traditional churches? Or are you saying they have the same fate as Blockbuster video?
*For the context of this question, check out episodes 7 & 8 (episode 8 explains the strange Blockbuster Video reference).
*Warning: I […]
Innovation seems to be happening in every industry as game changers like Uber and Airbnb and Rover (look it up) continue to emerge. But what about innovation in the church? In this episode, the second of a four part series on the idea of rePlacing Church, I get nostalgic about Blockbuster video and explore what the interplay between institution, innovation, and incarnation means for the future of the […]
It's no secret that conventional, institutional forms of church are in decline. But at the same time, innovative, yet simple neighborhood church expressions are emerging everywhere. In this episode, the first of a four part series on the idea of RePlacing Church, I explore what the story of the Tower of Babel has to teach us about these simultaneously existing realities and give some encouragement to those who […]