Category Archives: The Church Moving Forward

About the ways the church needs to, or already is, not being left behind in our world and is moving forward – progressing.

One Of The Fundamentalist’s Worst Nightmare (He Has Many), Or The Ambiguity Of Discernment

It’s a scary world out there for fundamentalists. Not because of their declining numbers, increasing attacks both from inside and out, and of course the continued descent of society into widespread, overt liberalism – but because each year that goes … Continue reading

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We Need More Sinners, Or The Squeaky Clean Make Squeaky Wheels

For some reason religion, when in the hands of teenagers, tends to go only one of two directions: shyness/embarrassment or annoyingly vocal. I tended more towards the former, very much so inspired by my peers who were the latter. I … Continue reading

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Keep In Mind We’re Crazy, Or Holding The Parachute Under The Tree

I’m gonna stand up for sinners again. If you’re a teenager with your folks out of town for the weekend then you only have one choice: throw an epic party. However when planning this party you have many considerations: hide … Continue reading

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Screw Christian Unity, Or Our Crazy Big Beautiful World

This post is my last minute contribution to the Rally To Restore Unity that’s rippled across the blogosphere. I figured I’d post now that you are sufficiently tired of the subject.  As I mentioned recently, there are scores of churches … Continue reading

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We Are Better For the Experience, Or My Bird’s Eye View of The Rob Bell Controversy

Though the debate rages on I think we’ve calmed down about the Rob Bell firestorm. I followed the whole thing closely as I find it quite enthralling, and I wanted to offer some observations and clarifications. I know that many … Continue reading

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Using The Tools In The Shed (Even If They’re From The Dollar Store), Or The Master Denomination

Sometimes when I’m out on a bike ride I can’t help but notice the large number of churches around. For living in the famously unchurched Pacific Northwest we still have tons of ‘em. In fact I counted four on the … Continue reading

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Can We Come Out Of Hiding Yet, Or Rightfully Ashamed Of The Gospel

I’m out of town on a surfing trip this week taking advantage of my time off due to unemployment. So I’m cleaning out the draft folder and posting what I consider to be Charlie’s Church of Christ b-sides. Every band … Continue reading

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