By Stephen Grunlan
Stephen Grunlan is Senior Pastor of Osage Alliance Church, Osage, Iowa. He has earned graduate levels at Wheaton Graduate institution and the college of Illinois at Chicago and accomplished his doctoral stories at Luther Theological Seminary in Minnesota. he's the writer of therapeutic Relationships, ignored advantages, and Serving with Joy.
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Proof of mainstream denominational decline almost throws itself in our faces—growing spiritual pluralism in North the United States; the decline over the past part century within the salience, status, energy, and energy of Protestant denominational management; slippage in mainline club and corresponding progress, power, visibility, and political prowess of conservative, evangelical, and fundamentalist our bodies; styles of congregational independence, together with loosening of or removing of denominational identification, fairly in signage, and the similar marginal loyalty of contributors; emergence of megachurches, with assets and the potential to satisfy wishes heretofore provided by way of denominations (training, literature, expertise); progress inside mainline denominations of caucuses and their alignment into huge innovative or conservative camps, frequently with connections to related camps in different denominations; frequent suspicion of, certainly hostility in the direction of, the facilities and emblems of denominational identity—the local and nationwide headquarters; migration of people and households via a number of spiritual identities, occasionally out of vintage Christianity altogether.
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Climbing with Jesus: A Fresh Look at the Sermon on the Mount by Stephen Grunlan