A retired pastor on Do I Stay Christian?

A retired pastor writes:
I know there is no way you can read all the emails and communications you receive, much less respond to them. I just wanted to take a moment and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your latest book, which I just finished - Do I Stay Christian? I am a retired Mainline Protestant pastor, having served actively for 35 years and now filling in at various congregations from time to time. I have known for some time that the "old way" of being Christian is simply not working. I so love and respect young people who just cannot "do church" any more and you really helped me understand them even better! I only wish I could have done more in my active ministry to help others "see." But thanks be to God there are modern prophets like yourself (and I mean that sincerely), who are helping us to "see." You are a needed and important voice for all of us who want to be more fully human in following and embodying Jesus in hopes of reflecting this way to the world!

The grace and peace of our Lord be with you, and thanks again for your kindness, your grace, and great wisdom!

Thanks for these kind and encouraging words! For folks who would like to read the new book, here's a link: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250853035/doistaychristian

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Do I Stay Christian? Resources for you and your small group …

Do I Stay Christian? releases this week!

You may be interested in this excerpt from the book in the Daily Meditation from the Center for Action and Contemplation, of which I am honored to be a part: https://email.cac.org/t/ViewEmail/d/9F5DC36ACF0260072540EF23F30FEDED/7F2E00B06C3B153A14399806BE9B4083

You'll also find a three-part video guide to the book and an invitation to be part of a four-week online class and community HERE:


This online course and community are a partnership with the amazing Tripp Fuller of Homebrewed Christianity ... one of the really significant theological resources on the interwebs today.

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Attention Podcasters – Would you like to talk about Do I Stay Christian?

A friend and colleague just finished reading the manuscript of Do I Stay Christian? He said he couldn't stop reading and called it my "piece de resistance." If you'd like to invite me to talk about the book on your podcast, you can contact John Karle at this email address: john.karle@stmartins.com. John can schedule our conversation and mail you an advanced reader copy. He'll also invite you to participate in a fun zoom gathering with all the podcasters who invite me to join them. That gathering will be on the release date, May 24.

We'll be scheduling podcast interviews April 10-12 and 17 - 19, and May 10-12 and 17-19.

If you'd like to preorder the book, you'll find links here: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250262806/doistaychristian



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If you’re a pastor, ministry leader, or other compassionate human feeling weary, worn out, or on the edge …

I'm honored to be part of this post-Easter retreat -- April 18-21 -- at Montreat in North Carolina.

Discovering Renewal

Some retreats are more like conferences with lots of input. That's good and needed sometimes. But other times, what you need as a quiet place in nature's beauty ... with time to unwind, rest, and simply enjoy being human. I'll be leading one daily session focused on deep renewal, but other than that, you'll have free time with options for some physical activity -- including guided hiking (with Aram Mitchell), yoga (with Mary Caroll Dodd), and fly fishing (with Tanner Pickett).

I hope you'll consider joining us, right after Easter, for Discovering Renewal: https://montreat.org/events/renewal-2022

By the way - what this article describes about Baptists and burnout probably applies to all denominations: https://baptistnews.com/article/leaving-church-part-2-the-great-baptist-resignations-and-covid/

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A Catholic and a Protestant Walk Into a Blog

I think you'll be glad you read this piece co-written with my friend Patrick Carolan. Be sure to notice the dynamic tension between the first and third paragraphs.


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