The latest two “books” on the nightstand have been Stephen Ellingson’s The Megachurch and the Mainline: Remaking Religious Traditions in the Twenty-first Century and Brian MacLaren’s Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crisis and a Revolution of Hope.
Ellingson’s work is an academic study of Lutheran congregation in California and their struggle to hold onto (or not) the Lutheran tradition while adapting to the realities of the post-modern, market-driven, church growth industry revolution in congregational vitality and seeking to keep the numbers in the pews.
McLaren tackles the top issues of global crisis and asks, what would these issues look like in the light of the gospel? McLaren’s gospel is a liberationist gospel.
There’s more to come from the reading notes. Stay tuned.