The Church can be the problem, too

An open response to Trevin Wax’s “Is Your Church or Denomination Dying?”

Mark Hackett

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Photo by Jeremiah Higgins on Unsplash

The past several days, I’ve seen the blogpost Is Your Church or Denomination Drifting? pop into my feeds. I finally caved and gave it a read this weekend.

I found the piece to be concerning. Not because its author Trevin Wax correctly points to the realities of decreasing church attendance and American Individualism poisoning the Church, but because the reasons why that he presents are not the full picture. I’d argue that they’re not even a majority of the picture.

Before getting to my concerns, I encourage you to read Wax’s short piece over at The Gospel Coalition:

Now, I hope you’ll read the following as both a critique of and addition to Wax’s views. I’ll get into why at the end; but, in short, I don’t have a personal issue with Wax. I do feel that we’re long overdue to challenge overly narrow thinking like this in the American Church though. That’s my goal here.

A lack of commitment to…

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Mark Hackett

Writings about faith and culture from Memphis, TN. “That relentless, tall guy.”