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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.


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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...

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...

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...

October 24, 2014

Leaving and Not Coming Back?

Next week I head to the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion annual meeting in Indianapolis. I will present a paper titled, “Dwindling Demand: Abandoning Religious Involvement and Affiliation in Canada.” This material arises from the...

September 18, 2014

Flourishing Congregations in Canada

When it comes to congregations, much of the academic and clerical discourse on religion in Canada to date focuses on what is wrong with churches. Church leaders often ask what they can do to keep people from leaving or to attract peop...

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