This weekend, my friend Troy (a faithful Presbymergent, artist, and community development activist) was quoted in the Atlanta Journal Constitution alongside Phyllis Tickle. Tickle, whose upcoming book entitled, “The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why,” (Baker Books, $17.99), is a long time friend of Emergent
Here is a taster of the article:
Faithful abandoning church
Empty pews a sign of restlessness
By Christopher Quinn
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Saturday, August 30, 2008
The revolution has begun.
Quietly, maybe, but symptoms are bubbling up.
One is empty pews on Sunday morning, says author Phyllis Tickle.
Every mainline Christian denomination is declining in membership.
Though people are leaving church, they are keeping their faith, Tickle says, and that has lead to other symptoms.
They include Bible studies in bars, friends starting their own churches in houses, or congregations trying a smattering of everything —- music of the Middle Ages and the latest rock anthems, Saturday morning and Thursday night meetings. Pentecostals are adopting liturgy and Episcopalians are speaking in tongues.
“[The changes are] led by all those who wish to remain faithful, but feel something is not quite right in the church,” said Tickle, who will speak Sunday at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival.
To read the rest, please visit the article here.
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