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The Hollowness of the Mainline, Now and Then

November 29th, 2022 | 5 min read

By Cole Hartin

Douglas J. Brouwer Chasing After Wind: A Pastor’s Life. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2022. 238 pp. $22.00

It’s no secret that Western Christianity is in decline. And this is nowhere more evident than in the once venerable churches of the mainline. Decline is a problem. And typically, there are two solutions offered for the problem of decline: One solution is simply to ignore it. Keep on moving as if the pews are full, the offering flowing, until congregation after congregation closes its doors. Another solution is to reinvent the church. The old ways of worship, the outdated doctrines, these must be shorn to make room for what will attract “the young folks.” Experiments abound (and mostly fail).

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