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Mainline Protestants: Vintage or vibrant?
« on: October 15, 2013, 04:43:10 PM »
Who are the mainline Protestants today?

Half a century ago, the denominations under the mainline umbrella [Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist, American Baptist, etc., churches] dominated the American faith landscape.  Now, after decades of declining numbers, only about one in five U.S. adults identifies with a mainline denomination.

Could replacing the “mainline” name help stem the slide?

Religion News Service took up the challenge, inviting votes and comments in an informal survey. A few of the suggestions given:

“Liberal Church”
“Grandma’s Church”
“The Refined Church” (more refined than reformed)
“Forward Christians”
“The Churches Formerly Known as Christian"
"The Syncretist Churches”
“The Unorthodox Churches"
“Red Letter Christian Church”
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Re: Mainline Protestants: Vintage or vibrant?
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2013, 05:15:35 PM »
I liked "Legacy Denominations". So true!  :laugh:

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Re: Mainline Protestants: Vintage or vibrant?
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2013, 05:53:54 PM »
Definitely vintage.

They don't even believe in Christianity in some cases, yet they continue operating as 'a Christian Church'.
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Re: Mainline Protestants: Vintage or vibrant?
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2013, 06:03:57 PM »
i dunno, judging by sheer numbers, all mainline prot churches in downtown Chicago draw in crowds, on any Sunday morning, that the orthodox would envy.

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Re: Mainline Protestants: Vintage or vibrant?
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2013, 08:10:09 PM »
Vintage or Vibrate?

Either way, it's gay.
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Re: Mainline Protestants: Vintage or vibrant?
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2013, 08:32:03 PM »
i dunno, judging by sheer numbers, all mainline prot churches in downtown Chicago draw in crowds, on any Sunday morning, that the orthodox would envy.
I go just so they can tell me what I want to hear. And the pastor there did a cartwheel in front of us, by moving in 3 directions he simulated the triune God.
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Re: Mainline Protestants: Vintage or vibrant?
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2013, 08:34:22 PM »
i dunno, judging by sheer numbers, all mainline prot churches in downtown Chicago draw in crowds, on any Sunday morning, that the orthodox would envy.
I go just so they can tell me what I want to hear. And the pastor there did a cartwheel in front of us, by moving in 3 directions he simulated the triune God.

LOL!
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Re: Mainline Protestants: Vintage or vibrant?
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2013, 08:52:09 PM »
Would you still laugh if I told you that really happened? Someone even put up a negative review of that church on Google Maps describing the event.
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Re: Mainline Protestants: Vintage or vibrant?
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2013, 08:55:17 PM »
Would you still laugh if I told you that really happened? Someone even put up a negative review of that church on Google Maps describing the event.

Exactly how does that make it less funny?

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« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2013, 08:59:36 PM »
Would you still laugh if I told you that really happened? Someone even put up a negative review of that church on Google Maps describing the event.

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Re: Mainline Protestants: Vintage or vibrant?
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2013, 09:00:37 PM »
i dunno, judging by sheer numbers, all mainline prot churches in downtown Chicago draw in crowds, on any Sunday morning, that the orthodox would envy.
I go just so they can tell me what I want to hear. And the pastor there did a cartwheel in front of us, by moving in 3 directions he simulated the triune God.

I'm out of it today, but I can only think of how doing a cartwheel is two directions. Your body rotating in a circle as you travel left or right... what's the third?
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Re: Mainline Protestants: Vintage or vibrant?
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2013, 09:03:19 PM »
i dunno, judging by sheer numbers, all mainline prot churches in downtown Chicago draw in crowds, on any Sunday morning, that the orthodox would envy.
I go just so they can tell me what I want to hear. And the pastor there did a cartwheel in front of us, by moving in 3 directions he simulated the triune God.

I'm out of it today, but I can only think of how doing a cartwheel is two directions. Your body rotating in a circle as you travel left or right... what's the third?

You need to read the Holographic Universe and you would know there are like at least FOUR dimensions or something.

I just know the seventh looks like a donut when you render it in three dimensions and the book had a disappointing lack of those silver stickers that showed different stuff when you moved them back and forth in front of light.
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Re: Mainline Protestants: Vintage or vibrant?
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2013, 09:05:24 PM »

I'm out of it today, but I can only think of how doing a cartwheel is two directions. Your body rotating in a circle as you travel left or right... what's the third?

The torque generated by the rotation according to the Right Hand Rule?

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Re: Mainline Protestants: Vintage or vibrant?
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2013, 09:05:43 PM »
i dunno, judging by sheer numbers, all mainline prot churches in downtown Chicago draw in crowds, on any Sunday morning, that the orthodox would envy.
I go just so they can tell me what I want to hear. And the pastor there did a cartwheel in front of us, by moving in 3 directions he simulated the triune God.

I'm out of it today, but I can only think of how doing a cartwheel is two directions. Your body rotating in a circle as you travel left or right... what's the third?

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Re: Mainline Protestants: Vintage or vibrant?
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2013, 09:06:28 PM »
i dunno, judging by sheer numbers, all mainline prot churches in downtown Chicago draw in crowds, on any Sunday morning, that the orthodox would envy.
I go just so they can tell me what I want to hear. And the pastor there did a cartwheel in front of us, by moving in 3 directions he simulated the triune God.

I'm out of it today, but I can only think of how doing a cartwheel is two directions. Your body rotating in a circle as you travel left or right... what's the third?


Wow. Those Thrones look like they have hair.
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Re: Mainline Protestants: Vintage or vibrant?
« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2013, 09:07:51 PM »
That reminds me, did we ever get a consensus on whether those were Cherubs or Thrones?

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Re: Mainline Protestants: Vintage or vibrant?
« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2013, 09:11:04 PM »
That reminds me, did we ever get a consensus on whether those were Cherubs or Thrones?

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Re: Mainline Protestants: Vintage or vibrant?
« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2013, 09:17:07 PM »
i dunno, judging by sheer numbers, all mainline prot churches in downtown Chicago draw in crowds, on any Sunday morning, that the orthodox would envy.
I go just so they can tell me what I want to hear. And the pastor there did a cartwheel in front of us, by moving in 3 directions he simulated the triune God.

I'm out of it today, but I can only think of how doing a cartwheel is two directions. Your body rotating in a circle as you travel left or right... what's the third?


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Re: Mainline Protestants: Vintage or vibrant?
« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2013, 09:20:47 PM »
Would you still laugh if I told you that really happened? Someone even put up a negative review of that church on Google Maps describing the event.

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Pastor Wes doing a cartwheel
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Re: Mainline Protestants: Vintage or vibrant?
« Reply #19 on: October 15, 2013, 09:50:25 PM »
Would you still laugh if I told you that really happened? Someone even put up a negative review of that church on Google Maps describing the event.

I'd go if after doing the cartwheel the pastor had screamed, "Are you not entertained?"
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« Reply #20 on: October 15, 2013, 09:51:31 PM »
Would you still laugh if I told you that really happened? Someone even put up a negative review of that church on Google Maps describing the event.

I'd go if after doing the cartwheel the pastor had screamed, "Are you not entertained?"
Watch that youtube clip.

The place just erupts.
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Re: Mainline Protestants: Vintage or vibrant?
« Reply #21 on: October 16, 2013, 01:07:53 AM »
Would you still laugh if I told you that really happened? Someone even put up a negative review of that church on Google Maps describing the event.

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http://dailysparkstribune.com/view/full_story/54560/article-Baptist-pastor-turns-his-church---and-himself---on-their-head?instance=news_your_sparks_page

Pastor Wes doing a cartwheel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMIT6zJVzGE

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