Churchthink Podcast

Episode 8: How Millennials Will Force the Church to Change in the Coming Decades

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You can listen to Churchthink on Apple Podcasts or any of the other big podcast apps. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/churchthink/id1472886122?ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Podcast webpage on Anchor.fm: http://anchor.fm/wr-harris   It’s no secret that church attendance has declined among millennials (see the article links below for some statistics). If churches want to grow in the next two decades, they will have to […]

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Episode 7: Rethinking Church: Growth-focused or Community-focused?

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You can listen to Churchthink on Apple Podcasts or any of the other big podcast apps. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/churchthink/id1472886122?ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Podcast webpage on Anchor.fm: http://anchor.fm/wr-harris   If you ask most evangelical churches what their goal is, they’d likely say, “Reach people for Christ and make disciples.” What distinguishes each of these individual churches is how they go about […]

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Episode 6: The Case for Small Churches

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You can listen to Churchthink on Apple Podcasts or any of the other big podcast apps. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/churchthink/id1472886122?ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Podcast webpage on Anchor.fm: http://anchor.fm/wr-harris   Christian author, speaker, and podcast co-host Skye Jethani recently published an article entitled “The Case Against Sermon-centric Sundays.” Among other arguments he makes, he mentions that our current church model does […]

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Episode 5: What is Churchthink?

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You can listen to Churchthink on Apple Podcasts or any of the other big podcast apps. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/churchthink/id1472886122?ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Podcast webpage on Anchor.fm: http://anchor.fm/wr-harris   The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines groupthink as “a pattern of thought characterized by self-deception, forced manufacture of consent, and conformity to group values and ethics”[i]. The most important part of that definition, […]

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Episode 4: Was the Cleansing of the Temple Really About Money? The Importance of Reading Scripture with its Historical and Cultural Context in Mind

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You can listen to Churchthink on Apple Podcasts or any of the other big podcast apps. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/churchthink/id1472886122?ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Podcast webpage on Anchor.fm: anchor.fm/wr-harris   If you want to fully understand any work of literature, you need to understand the historical and cultural contexts in which it was written. I think this principle is somewhat underemphasized in high school […]

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Episode 3: The Problem with “That’s What the Bible Says”

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You can listen to Churchthink on Apple Podcasts or any of the other big podcast apps. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/churchthink/id1472886122?ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Podcast webpage on Anchor.fm: anchor.fm/wr-harris   If you’ve been around evangelicals for long, you’ve probably heard the phrase “That’s what the Bible says.” This is generally said to justify or defend an unpopular position the person holds when he or […]

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Episode 2 – The Gospel of Jesus Dying for People’s Sins So They Can Go to Heaven is an Incomplete Gospel

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You can listen to Churchthink on Apple Podcasts or any of the other big podcast apps. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/churchthink/id1472886122?ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Podcast webpage on Anchor.fm: anchor.fm/wr-harris   For the first decade of my Christian life, I thought the gospel was this: Man’s sin separates him from God, but Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect life, died for our sins, and […]

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Episode 1: Are We Trying to Rationally Convince People or Are We Just Trying to Be Right?

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You can listen to Churchthink on Apple Podcasts or any of the other big podcast apps. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/churchthink/id1472886122?ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Podcast webpage on Anchor.fm: anchor.fm/wr-harris   As Dale Carnegie suggests in his book How to Win Friends and Influence People, if you want to persuade someone of an argument, it’s best to be nice to that person. If you […]