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The Rev. Dr. Derek Penwell The Rev. Dr. Derek Penwell is an author, editor, speaker, and activist. He is the senior minister of Douglass Boulevard Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Louisville, KY, a lecturer at the University of Louisville in Religious Studies and Humanities, and the author of 'The Mainliner’s Survival Guide to the Post-Denominational World.'

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The Rev. Dr. Derek Penwell is an author, editor, speaker, and activist. He is the senior minister of Douglass Boulevard Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Louisville, Kentucky and a lecturer at the University of Louisville in Religious Studies and Humanities. He has a Ph.D. in humanities from the University of Louisville.

He is the author of The Mainliner's Survival Guide to the Post-Denominational World, from Chalice Press, about how mainline denominations can avoid despair in an emerging world.

He currently edits a blog on emergence Christianity, [D]mergent.org, and blogs at his own site. You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook.

 


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The Rev. Dr. Derek Penwell

Derek Penwell: If You’re A Christian, Now Would Be A Good Time To Live Like It

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I sent off a letter many years ago to Duke theologian, Stanley Hauerwas, chronicling some trouble I'd been experiencing at the church I was serving. The trouble centered on my failure to sufficiently celebrate the Fourth of July in worship. The elders called me into a meeting in which they chastised me for refusing to sing patriotic songs in worship. My refusal, they suggested, disrespected the veterans in the congregation. (And by the way, where was the American flag that used to sit at the front of the sanctuary, anyway?)

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Derek Penwell: Can Evangelicals and Christians Coexist in America?

The Rev. Dr. Derek Penwell (CC(DC))

 

I just read an article entitled, "Can Gays and Christians Coexist in America?" Once again, I find myself annoyed by the presumption--the enduring arrogance present in unself-critically asserting that the "Christian position" with respect to LGBTQ people is by definition condemnatory.

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June 05, 2015

Derek Penwell: Six Things Christians Should Worry About More Than the Decline of Christianity

The Rev. Dr. Derek Penwell (CC(DC))

Christians of all stripes are freaking out a little (some a lot). Given the recent bleak news from the Pew Research Center, which indicates that Christianity is on the decline in the U.S., such exercises in hand-wringing are understandable -- even if not particularly helpful.
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February 26, 2015

Derek Penwell: The Bible's for Losers (And Why That's a Good Thing)

The Rev. Dr. Derek Penwell (CC(DC))

Taking everything into consideration, the Bible was written mostly by losers for the benefit of other losers. That’s not a value judgment, just an observation.
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January 20, 2015

Derek Penwell: Why Liberal Protestantism Should Quit Living in Fear of Its Own Death

The Rev. Dr. Derek Penwell (CC(DC))

If congregational or denominational survival requires something other than faithfulness, then the message of Jesus’ life (and death) is that it’s not worth it.
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November 07, 2014

Derek Penwell: A Pastoral Letter to Older Generations About Those Frustrating Millennials

The Rev. Dr. Derek Penwell (CC(DC))

The question that older generations of leaders within mainline denominations must ask themselves is: 'What if the kids don’t want our church?' This is an an important issue in the age of the 'nones.'
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August 31, 2014

Derek Penwell: 7 Reasons Not to Freak Out About Protestant Mainline Decline

The Rev. Dr. Derek Penwell (CC(DC))

So, the numbers look bad. If you want to be afraid, be afraid. Believe me, I completely understand. But if you somehow think that living with that persistent hand-wringing fear is going to help you through the next ten years, and wind up on the other side with everything you care about still intact, then I don't know how to help you.
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August 12, 2014

Derek Penwell: Post-Denominational: Making the Time to Be Scared of More Interesting Things

The Rev. Dr. Derek Penwell (CC(DC))

If denominational structures as we know them are heading for difficult waters, how are we going to respond? Derek Penwell responds in this excerpt from his new book, "The Mainliner's Survival Guide to the Post-Denominational World" (Chalice Press).