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April 25, 2016

The Afterlife that Few Desire

 

 

I am drawing to close a series of five conference presentations this fall/summer, as part of my sabbatical activities. My fourth presentation – on religious nones in Canada – just took place east of Los Angeles with the Nonreligion and Se...

December 8, 2015

In May 2015 I was invited to participate in a two-day workshop in Toronto, Ontario with a group of thirty scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds across Europe, the United States, and Canada. The task was to embark on a conversation and research study (Science a...

November 27, 2015

On November 25, 2015 I formally launched my book, The Meaning of Sunday, in a public lecture at Ambrose University. Click here for a link to the video of that presentation (about an hour long), followed by a question/answer period with those in attendance.

 

For those in...

August 26, 2015

Too Much of a Good Thing? Work-Life Balance

 

I recently returned from Chicago where I presented at the Association for the Sociology of Religion Annual Conference. On the heels of my year-long sabbatical, I presented on how to navigate work-life balance – a topic of in...

August 6, 2015

Advice for a Denomination: From a Sociologist of Religion

I recently met with a group from the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada. I was asked: What advice would you give our denomination? This can always be a dangerous question to answer, for fear that the res...

July 3, 2015

The Gift of Sabbatical

 

 

My year-long sabbatical recently came to a conclusion. I am ever thankful to Ambrose University for graciously providing the space and time. To be clear, and as I wrote one year ago, a sabbatical is not synonymous with a vacation nor am I now su...

June 8, 2015

Technology and Web Presence: 6 Suggestions for Churches

 

 

I recently read Shifting Stats Shaking the Church: 40 Canadian Churches Respond. It is a beneficial read for many reasons. It is Canadian. It contains 40 short vignettes/chapters of how congregations from coast t...

February 27, 2015

Do We Really Need Another Church Plant?

 

We need to go where the people are. We need to think outside the box. We need to share the Gospel. These are just a few of the phrases that I hear frequently these days among church planters, including many who are very close fri...

February 23, 2015

Why Christianity?

In a recent session that I facilitated with a church I was asked: What is the core of the Christian message? Why might Christianity appeal to someone? I was then asked to summarize in writing the verbal response that I gave in that session. Below is my...

January 19, 2015

5 Features of Flourishing Congregations

As I survey the vast interdisciplinary literature on churches that thrive, five interrelated features stand out to me (and perhaps there are more that ought to be added to this list). What binds the following together is intention...

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JOEL THIESSEN, PhD
sociologist