The bad-mouthing of the large, mainline Christian church denominations has bothered me for a long time. It seems to me it comes mostly from the younger generations.
I haven't read this book, but there's a short article in the July/August 2008 issue of Today's Christian Woman on page 10 that is adapted from the book How Women Help Men Find God by David Murrow.
This little article lists 8 things women should look for in a church if they want their husbands to attend with them. (I'm assuming these are men who are not yet Christians. At least I hope so. Because if this is for men who are Christians, the things this article says men like in a church would reveal as Christians they are really, really shallow. Things like: "modern technology" and "fun services.")
The thing that stood out on the list to me? "No Denominational affiliation."
For quite some time now the mainline denominations have been regarded negatively. That's a shame. Sure, I know they are not without their problems. But there's a lot they do right as well. When you throw away the denomination, you also throw away the foundation that is built on mainline Christianity. They have a history of standing firm in the faith. Of getting it right.
It seems like the "newer" thought is: because the mainline denominations are doing some things wrong, it's right to throw everything away, wipe the slate clean, and start over.
Those who are set on throwing the major denominations down the tubes, whether they are of the younger generations or not, have no idea how much they are throwing away.
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Coming in August: My interview with author Kathi Macias about her newest book, Beyond Me: Living a You-First Life in a Me-First World.