A Remnant Seeking the Light

Seeking the Light. Having spoken of a darkness descending on our society and the Church. That being the case, we quite naturally ask, “Who can help us find a way forward?” Can one expect to find hope from those now caught up in such darkness? Probably not. But, looking back over history, we do find remarkable examples of hope-in-darkness. Those most effective in rekindling hope all followed essentially the same roadmap to…

On the Darkness

I caught the darkness. I was drinking from your cup. I caught the darkness drinking from your cup I said is this contagious? You said just drink it up.[1] For some time now, I have been talking about a darkness descending on our society and our Church. I have, as have many others, variously called it a new Dark Age, which is being caused by radical individualism and which, like its medieval…

Seeking the Light

I ended my last post by asking “Who can help us find a way out of the darkness that threatens to engulf us?” Looking back over history, we discover remarkable echoes of hope-in-darkness that often followed a similar path of recovery, a roadmap to re-illumination: re-grouping, remembering, re-igniting.  During times of danger and darkness believers faithful to Christ have repeatedly responded to descending darkness by coalescing into small groups in order to…

Growth Inhibitors: Loss of Expertise and Knowledge

We need to consider a few more questions before we turn to the question of finding hope in the midst of the descending darkness. If I am correct in suggesting that we are facing a new dark age, a darkness enveloping our society as well as our Church, then perhaps we need to consider the effects that darkness is having or, to put it differently, what the cost to the Church will…

Growth Inhibitors: Moral Darkness

In my last post I proposed a way for us to understand why it is so hard for believers to accept or even listen to the ever-growing charge of hypocrisy. Indeed, I know of almost no believers who accept the accusation or even consider the opinions of non-believers on this matter to be valid and worthy of consideration. But, as I suggested, they are, to a certain extent, justified in rejecting (ignoring)…

Growth Inhibitors: Changing the Rules

In my last post I suggested that the apparent decline in North American Churches might be caused by the fact that many today think Christians are hypocrites. One writer suggested that believers are “the single greatest cause of atheism today. You know who I’m talking about, right? The type of people who acknowledge Jesus with their words and deny him through their lifestyle.  The ones who preach the importance of traditional family…

Growth Inhibitors: Hypocrisy

As you can see from the title of this blog, my main concern has been the growth of the church. So over the last few months I have explored what we mean by growth and how it can be measured. I have examined some of the things that I think prevent that growth from taking place and considered ways of facilitating ecclesial health. As it so happens and in spite of my…