Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church Is Transforming the Faith
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Butler Bass starts off by talking about how she dislikes "self-absorbed and isolating" spirituality. This got me all excited, because I feel similarly. However, I couldn't help but feel that many of the congregations she profiles who supposedly ...more
Diana Butler Bass took a three-year pilgrimage exploring a number of vital mainline congregations throughout the United States. What she experienced led her to conclude that, in spite of being irrelevant, mainline Protestantism may indeed hold the essence of where the Church needs to be ...more
While it is true mainline congregations are having a difficult time, it is too soon to write an Obituary. Butler Bass studied ten mainline c ...more
The world is not in a cosmic battle between good and evil. The republican platform is not an interpretation of scripture. “By defining politics as winning, often in terms like destroying the enemy and defeating Satan they rightfully frighten people away from any talk of Christians in politics.” We need discussion, discernment, debate, and compromise.
Her approach to political diversity was very centrist, a sort of "good church people can be either Republican or De ...more
I could relate to Chapter one: Vanished Village and how the author Diana Butler Bass experiences and description of the church she grew up in and its decline.
It was very interesting how each of the congregations she got to ...more
If you are looking for a prescription for vital Christianity based on a study of Scripture, you will be disappointed in Christianity for the Rest of Us. This book is the result of a study, or pilgrimage as the author calls it, to refute critics who say that only conservative churches can grow. She knew that "other" Christians existed and set out to discover them and learn the characteristics of those mainline Protestant churches that are thriving. The study was a serious, three-year study, the n...more
The book opens with an anecdote where she felt anxious during a mome ...more
Its was entertaining to read Bass sharing all her experiences in the various churches along her pilgrimage. But in the end I was hoping she'd give a bit of an outline, maybe, on programs, or outreach that she'd suggest for the New Emerging revitalized church to put into practice.
I could identify with a few of the church goers, and to some degree I think my congregation is doing some of this stuff, to attract the pilgrims in our ...more
I will say that I lament Bass's tendency to equate fundamentalists and evangelicals. I and many I know count ourselves as moderate to liberal Christians and evangelicals at the same time. I want "evangelical" to be reclaimed from the political polemic it currently is being crushed by and she doesn't help with that.
MB met author at a book signing in Calgary. Similar scenarios to growth of Big Box Book Stores versus Little "Mom & Pop" Book Stores. Her book contains wise advice for historic traditional little churches on street corners and how they can re-brand themselves to become relevant again.