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Tim Thompson
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Brief introduction to the Dones - people done with church but not with faith.

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A blog post from the Feral Pastor? Will wonders never cease!

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The Church Isn't Dying, It's Just That The Bubble Has Finally Burst
I was talking about what "the end of Christendom" means to a family member and came up with an analogy you might find helpful. After the burst of the housing bubble and the great recession, I think the whole "bubble" idea is pretty familiar to folks. You ha...

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House Churches and the ELCA?
There's been some house church activity in my ELCA denomination over the years and now there's a one-day conference coming up to explore this direction October 23-24! If you've followed this blog much, you know that's a topic near and dear to my heart. I'...

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(Church) Life Can Be Different
What if.... you had a community that gathered once a month for "the show" and three times a month to unpack all the amazing goodness from that gathering? Hear the hymns and songs again and pour over the words in them to share how it touched their heart...

Ever wonder how many 3-day weekends you get each year? It's nine!

Ever wonder how many 3-day weekends your pastor gets each year?

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Christians are not called to be "good people."
For my daily devos this morning I wrote a longer reflection than usual. It's based on this verse from  Romans 12:2 "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is ...

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Maybe the "dones" are done with the "form" of church we offer them.
This is something I wrote, pulled from a different online conversation about the "dones" (people who are still believers but are "done with church") but I thought I'd drop it here as well. Apologies for the lack of context. "I wish I could attribute this qu...

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Common Cause Communities and their LA Hatchery
Another group that's caught my attention is Spencer Burke's "Hatchery" in L.A. Their focus is on non-traditional church-planting and their core concept is "Common Cause Communities" which can be contrasted with teaching/attractional/Sunday morning mode cong...

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Fired Up? Pentecost Sermon 2015
"Eldad and Medad are prophesying.... IN THE CAMP!!   AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!" I preached at Gethsemane yesterday for Pentecost. Had some fun interpreting the Eldad and Medad  story and suggesting that we needed some fire not just on our heads and in our heart...
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