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Why are the Churches Failing?

10 March, 2004 9:38 AM

Interesting opinion piece in Melbourne paper, The Age today entitled Why are the churches failing?. It talks about the decline of the church here in Australia and vaguely refers to the Emerging Church without using the term, mentioning a movement within the Catholic Church here in Australia.

'In Melbourne and around Australia, a spiritual movement begun 10 years ago in Sydney is quietly on the rise.

"Spirituality in the pub" - informal dinner, speaker and conversation events held in suburban pubs - has grown to 40 groups meeting regularly around the country, eight of them in Melbourne. SIP gives Catholics a safe and welcoming place where they can listen to each other's "longings, insights, questions, needs and aspirations".

SIP is one of the versions of "religionless Christianity" developing on the margins of the institutional churches as they face increasing numerical decline.'

Thanks to Eddie for the heads up.

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I think churches are failing because (broad generalisation approaching!) they don't practice what they preach.

Be tolerant of those with different beliefs - but you are damned to hell with satan for not believing what we believe.

Etc.

pixelkitty » 10 March, 2004 2:07 PM

good observations Pixel Kitty - I am sorry to say that I agree with your broad generalisations. It is one of the biggest things that lets down many Churches (and Christians).

Ironic that Jesus spoke most strongly against religious hypocrits yet we seem to still struggle with the same stuff.

thanks for your comment.

Darren » 12 March, 2004 12:44 PM

I think churches are failing all over the world and it's because of satan himself, who has now a tighter hold on the minds of men and women and even children.
No, I'm not insane and I'm not talking utter nonsense like some twit once accused me of.
My faith is just overpowering, that's all.

Jesus's messenger in Doc Marten boots » 23 November, 2004 4:10 AM

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