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Christianity for the Rest of Us - How the Neighborhood Church Is Transforming the Faith-logo

Christianity for the Rest of Us - How the Neighborhood Church Is Transforming the Faith

Diana Butler Bass

For decades the accepted wisdom has been that America's mainline Protestant churches are in decline, eclipsed by evangelical mega-churches. Church and religion expert Diana Butler Bass wondered if this was true, and this book is the result of her extensive, three-year study of centrist and progressive churches across the country. Her surprising findings reveal just the opposite-that many of the churches are flourishing, and they are doing so without resorting to mimicking the mega-church, evangelical style. Christianity for the Rest of Us describes this phenomenon and offers a how-to approach for Protestants eager to remain faithful to their tradition while becoming a vital spiritual community. As Butler Bass delved into the rich spiritual life of various Episcopal, United Methodist, Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, and Lutheran churches, certain consistent practices-such as hospitality, contemplation, diversity, justice, discernment, and worship-emerged as core expressions of congregations seeking to rediscover authentic Christian faith and witness today. This hopeful book, which includes a study guide for groups and individuals, reveals the practical steps that leaders and laypeople alike are taking to proclaim an alternative message about an emerging Christianity that strives for greater spiritual depth and proactively engages the needs of the world.

For decades the accepted wisdom has been that America's mainline Protestant churches are in decline, eclipsed by evangelical mega-churches. Church and religion expert Diana Butler Bass wondered if this was true, and this book is the result of her extensive, three-year study of centrist and progressive churches across the country. Her surprising findings reveal just the opposite-that many of the churches are flourishing, and they are doing so without resorting to mimicking the mega-church, evangelical style. Christianity for the Rest of Us describes this phenomenon and offers a how-to approach for Protestants eager to remain faithful to their tradition while becoming a vital spiritual community. As Butler Bass delved into the rich spiritual life of various Episcopal, United Methodist, Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, and Lutheran churches, certain consistent practices-such as hospitality, contemplation, diversity, justice, discernment, and worship-emerged as core expressions of congregations seeking to rediscover authentic Christian faith and witness today. This hopeful book, which includes a study guide for groups and individuals, reveals the practical steps that leaders and laypeople alike are taking to proclaim an alternative message about an emerging Christianity that strives for greater spiritual depth and proactively engages the needs of the world.
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For decades the accepted wisdom has been that America's mainline Protestant churches are in decline, eclipsed by evangelical mega-churches. Church and religion expert Diana Butler Bass wondered if this was true, and this book is the result of her extensive, three-year study of centrist and progressive churches across the country. Her surprising findings reveal just the opposite-that many of the churches are flourishing, and they are doing so without resorting to mimicking the mega-church, evangelical style. Christianity for the Rest of Us describes this phenomenon and offers a how-to approach for Protestants eager to remain faithful to their tradition while becoming a vital spiritual community. As Butler Bass delved into the rich spiritual life of various Episcopal, United Methodist, Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, and Lutheran churches, certain consistent practices-such as hospitality, contemplation, diversity, justice, discernment, and worship-emerged as core expressions of congregations seeking to rediscover authentic Christian faith and witness today. This hopeful book, which includes a study guide for groups and individuals, reveals the practical steps that leaders and laypeople alike are taking to proclaim an alternative message about an emerging Christianity that strives for greater spiritual depth and proactively engages the needs of the world.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Karen Saltus

Length:

10h 51m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

28:20


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

28:15


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

33:18


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

31:03


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

38:48


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

36:45


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

33:50


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

28:27


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

29:08


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

32:08


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

32:09


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

32:00


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

32:47


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

36:59


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

34:43


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

53:36


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

38:01


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

57:25


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

13:02


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

00:49