catapult magazine

catapult magazine

vol. 10, num. 21 :: 2011.11.25 — 2011.12.08

While one mainline pastor refers to his role as hospice for the church, another proclaims that God is blessing his non-denominational mega-church with growing numbers.  Is the church dying or thriving?  What choices have you made about participating (or not) in a worshipping community?



The electric razor

Unearthing childhood memories of fear and separation.


Why *cino is not a church

A report from the *cino talks on one of the big questions.


Popcorn and prophets

Gathering around a screen toward repentance and lament.

The thirty-year itch

On the tangle of questions and desires at the point of church transition.

Changing methods, unchanging message

A pastor’s perspective on the 80% of churches that are dying in the U.S.

The imperfect body

Wrestling with church as a single mother.


In case you missed it the first time

Radical vision made real

A suburban Chicago church is following a difficult but rewarding path in an effort to bridge racial gaps, give away more money, and conform to the biblical model for church.

Marketing the church

While general advertising can be a trick to lure in unsuspecting consumers, the church has special considerations when creating and sending out "successful" marketing materials.

Is your church fantasy-friendly?

On the need to cultivate the fantasy-lives of believers in Spirit-filled churches.

Weaving the web

Happy hour gospel

Jimmy and Tammy Faye Bakker’s son has a church of his own -- in the back of a Brooklyn bar.


The Advent Conspiracy: An interview with Josh Butler

On an organization that that challenges popular consumerist responses to Christmas and seeks to recapture that sense that there is something prophetic and countercultural about Christmas.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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