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WEDNESDAY, NOV 6, 2013  |  11 comments  |  1 commentary
5 Christian “hipsters” trying to make fundamentalism look cool

It’s no secret in Christian circles that young people are leaving the church in droves, with Christian research firms finding over and overthat once there’s not a parent there to push them to church, the majority of high school kids drift away from religion once they move out of the house. Some come back, but some leave permanently.

One favorite solution is to try to make the church more hip by employing young, seemingly cool Christians who are in tune with modern pop culture as leaders. A lot of these young, hip Christians are actually quite progressive in their politics. In a lot of cases, however, the change from the cranky, judgmental church of old is purely aesthetic. If you scratch the surface of these seemingly with-it young Christian leaders, you’ll see they’re peddling the same old sex-negative, hyper-conservative intolerance that motivates their elders.

Here’s a list of some of the ...


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News Item11/7/13 6:33 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
"The word of God is quick and powerful......." Heb 4:12

What is this "word of God"?

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News Item11/7/13 1:25 AM
CAS | S.Cal  Find all comments by CAS
True fundamentalists avoid worldliness...but from a liberal humanists perspective, any evangelical that takes Scripture literally and believes in moral absolutes is essentially a fundamentalist given the term is now often viewed with contempt.
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News Item11/6/13 3:41 PM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
I was just sitting here thinking about how messy and confusing things must be for anyone searching; anyone who really doesn't know much of anything; maybe the product of an alter call somewhere who has now been left to fend for themselves, or whatever. I guess the answer to myself would be that if they have been called, then God will guide them straight.
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News Item11/6/13 11:54 AM
GsTexas | Texas  Find all comments by GsTexas
2Timothy 3:1-5 "This know that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their ownselves covetous, boasters, proud,blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, LOVERS OF PLEASURE MORE THAN LOVERS OF GOD;
5 Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."
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News Item11/6/13 9:48 AM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
The news item says:
"One favorite solution is to try to make the church more hip by employing young, seemingly cool Christians who are in tune with modern pop culture as leaders. A lot of these young, hip Christians are actually quite progressive in their politics"

There's that "progressive" word used by the barbarians again. Here it implies if the young have leftist politics, they would be cool leaders in pop culture. That would enable them to lead the churches into hipville. Regardless of what else the article says about them not really being cool, this is where the author's thinking is. No doubt she thinks she's cool. And "progressive."

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News Item11/6/13 9:19 AM
shane | socal  Find all comments by shane
Hip? Cool? Who's converting who here? What happened to repent! For the kingdom of God is at hand! Kids see hypocrisy in parents, which tells them, it isn't real. If they are Christs however they will return.
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News Item11/6/13 9:11 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
Good posts guys
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News Item11/6/13 9:09 AM
SteveR  Find all comments by SteveR
Salon really isnt a Christian friendly publication, so it appears this is just an attempt to
1)discourage children that look up to these Christian personalities
2)discourage conservative parents if they have kids that look up to these personalities
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News Item11/6/13 8:23 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
A good, unbisased test for any church gathering, is to observe and ask oneself, "Do these folks really believe that Jesus of Nazareth is present here in this very room?"

I wonder how many churches you would have to visit before finding a "yes".

Or would it be "no" every time?

Club? Society? Something to do on a Sunday Night? Spiritual Knees-Up? Somewhere to make friends? Somewhere to have my ego boosted? Somewhere to show off my new clothes?

The church is dead sound. Sound and dead?

If Christianity is preached, hangers-on will leave much sooner, and nominals will not hang around for long. If the unregenerate are not wrought upon by God, they will leave post haste.

Why is it that churches seem to welcome having more tares than wheat in their meetings?

The tares belong in the world, and the wheat belong in the church. The general idea is to escape the world with all its corruptions in order to enter the church, passing from death to life, yet dying to sin and living in Christ.

What value will play-acting be, when eternity comes?

Today, if ye will **hear his voice**............

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News Item11/6/13 7:56 AM
Will | Mississippi  Find all comments by Will
Your biggest point Christopher is the parenting for sure. Bad foundations in early years are hard to overcome.
But I think the second thing is this: I'm a firm believer that your heart has a lot of trouble believing what your head won't, and with so many hitchens/Dawkins types peddling seemingly good arguments and the evolutionary mantra, that students get convinced.
I don't think apologetics are taught in enough churches and to students.
Personally, when I came to understand the consistency and reliability and historical and archaeological and prophetic and wide ranged but unified nature of the bible then my faith took a great turn. That's just for the bible too, not to mention arguments against evolution and teleological and other types of apologetics.
I just fear too many are being fed milk and cake, when we are capable of potatoes and steak.
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News Item11/6/13 7:26 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
I think that those who are leaving in droves never belonged there in the first place, if they are leaving sound churches, that is. Other factors are terrible parenting in which Christ wasn't head of the family, resulting in children with weak foundations, and quite simply, the unprecedented pull of this world gone wild that's very difficult not to be drawn into if you don't have the spiritual tools to stand strong each and every day. I think progressive Christianity is nothing more than a trick to push the weak towards compromise which will eventually draw them right back into the world at large. I think many find going to a fundamentally sound church super boring and that's why, say, Charismatic churches are so attractive. With all the gifts in full force, they offer excitement on a level that no other can match and provides them with powers that nobody else has. Problem is that so many, once they come to realize that nobody is being healed, the prophesies come to naught, their finances dry up do to all the faith offerings, etc, many become disallusioned and it's very difficult to draw them back into a sound church after their being used to such "power" and excitement.
This world has become more attractive than ever and compromise is being witnessed around every corner to
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