At the beginning of each new month, I plan to post some of the blog posts, news articles, and videos that have had me thinking recently. Some may have had me cracking up. Others may have left me in tears. Others I might see as being an insightful commentary on the state of the church, a life of discipleship, life in the south, or Oreo Cookies. What sort of insightful commentary might there be about Oreo Cookies, you ask? That's an excellent question. I'll let you know when I find it.
So without further ado, this month's Monthly Musings:
"Why don't people come to church anymore?" It's a question plenty of folks are grappling with, not at all limited by one congregation or one denomination or one geographic region. If anyone is looking for an 'easy answer' or an 'easy fix,' there isn't one to be found. But the bottom line is this: there is a seismic shift underway that will (or should) change the way the church must do ministry in the future. This blog post, while limited to just 10 reasons for the cultural shift, offers several thoughts that can get the conversation started. And while Sunday morning sports are on the list, it can't hold all the blame itself.
Stephen Colbert's Comedy Central show has been off for several months as he prepares for taking the helm of Late Show upon David Letterman's retirement. This must have given him plenty of time to think about his faith (and, apparently, to grow a beard). Actually, Colbert has long been vocal about his Catholic faith. Father James Martin, who had the distinction of being the "official priest" of the Colbert Report, interviews Colbert in this humorous video.
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