Wed, 29 December 2021
After the mess that was 2020, we had such high hopes for 2021. Were our expectations met? Phil and Skye look back on the year when the evangelical empire dug in its heels. Those opposed to #MeToo and Black Lives Matter responded by labeling empathy a sin. Voices advocating for women and people of color within the SBC left the denomination. The Salvation Army reversed course on racial sensitivity, and female scholars faced a backlash for exposing Christian nationalism and patriarchy. Will 2022 be any different, or will the sorting of the entire culture into Red and Blue tribes continue? And how wide will the rift between classical and cultural evangelicals get?
Then, the president of Barna Group, David Kinnaman, joins Skye to launch a new reoccurring segment—Barna Briefs. Kinnaman reveals brand new data about the state of the church and how the pandemic has revealed wide discontent among churchgoers with their congregations. He also says popular church structures are clearly insufficient for forming mature disciples and new church models are desperately needed. Kinnaman also reveals an alarming number of pastors are ready to leave ministry. Is there a silver lining to all of the troubling data?
0:00 - Intro
4:34 - Looking back and looking ahead
9:10 - Stories from 2021: The “sin of empathy” conversation
15:47 - Russell Moore and the ERLC
42:01 - The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill podcast
53:06 - Looking toward 2022
Movie Phil references - “Don’t Look Up” (2021)
Barna Brief with David Kinnaman:
1:02:37 - Interview Start
1:05:31 - Digital church and effects of the pandemic
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