5 churchy phrases that are scaring off millennials

This came out earlier this week and you may have already seen it, but Addie Zierman unpacks 5 phrases that are leading millennial generation folk (those born between 1980 and 1995) to run away from the church:

You’ve heard us say that we like Jesus but not the church, and it’s not because we’re trying to be difficult. It’s because the Jesus we read about enters into the pain of humanity where so often the church people seem to want to float above it.

via 5 churchy phrases that are scaring off millennials.

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Donald W. Haynes
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I am an Armininian and I applaud the millenials' objection to the term "getting on Plan" or "God's Plan." Businesses do "business plans" and all kinds of human organizations do "strategic plans," but God does not relate to us with a prescribed "plan." God relates to us with a relationship–father to daughter/son; parent to child; one who loves unconditionally to one who is loved uncondicationally. Read Jesus' parable of the so called "prodigal son" which should be called "Parable of the Waiting Father." Study Rembranbt's painting, "Return of the Prodigal Son" and see the old father's blinded eyes placing two… Read more »
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