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BY JIM JONES
Special to the Star-Telegram
FORT WORTH — Christians emerging into an age of vast cultural change are exploring new ways to attract people disenchanted with the established ways of church life, speakers said at a conference this month.
“God is doing a new thing among us, whether we like it or not,” said author Phyllis Tickle, who spoke at Emerging Christianity: New Ways of Thinking and Following Christ, held at Texas Christian University.
Tickle told about 450 Methodists, moderate Baptists, Catholics, Episcopalians, Presbyterians and Disciples of Christ that many churches are becoming revitalized by adopting new methods and returning to Jesus’ basic message of loving God and other people and reaching out to the poor and disenfranchised.
“Protestantism is not dying,” Tickle said. “We ain’t dead. We are just going through a new emergence of Christianity.”
In her book The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why, Tickle writes that every 500 years Christianity has gone through a “giant rummage sale,” throwing out things that hamper ministry.
Speakers at the conference are identified with the sometimes controversial Emerging Church movement, which calls for new ways of worship and thinking about the Bible and theology. It champions accepting all people and practicing Jesus’ teachings of helping the oppressed. Click here to continue reading.