This is a really unusual link for my list, but I find Mark Driscoll’s blog—and the dialog that it fired—to be really interesting. I would love to have a discussion about this with some of the men (and women) whom I know who are genuinely making a life—and not just living an adolescence.
This is a fine short piece on the process of change in a local congregation. Chuck asks, ”How does a pastor, whose heart beats to the sound of change, lead his congregation to make the changes necessary for the future of that church?”
For anyone interested in “emergence” Christianity, here is the best bibliography that I’ve seen to date—and annotated by no less than Phyllis Tickle. Expect this to appear in my course on emerging patterns of church life next spring!
“Members of the clergy now suffer from obesity, hypertension and depression at rates higher than most Americans. In the last decade, their use of antidepressants has risen, while their life expectancy has fallen. Many would change jobs if they could.”