'Some Fell on Good Soil': Church Planting in Religious Ecologies
In the midst of the decline of mainline denominations and the rise of the "nones" in the U.S. something surprising is happening. Church planting is booming.
“(Alcohol) is meant and used to sort of bring groups together, forge community or unity at an event,” James said. “That’s how hymns are supposed to function in the life of the church. It’s a way of together declaring what we believe or expressing to God what we want to express. …. They’re both communal practices.”