Modern Cloister: Future of Community

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I was out of town last week, so this is a little old, but the most recent Modern Cloister Podcast is up and live. We continue out series in Community and discuss the future of community. Most of it is speculation, but also following various trends. A week or so ago, a Gallup survey came out that shows that church membership dropped below the 50% threshold for the first time since they have tracked. It is worth noting that it is not the lowest in US history, most Historians peg Colonial to pre-Great Awakening membership to something like 20-30%. The survey points to many of the things we discussed in out Decline of Community podcast, such as the rise in the 30’s and the peak in the 50’s, with major changes come in the 70’s and 80’s. They also have a few speculations about the future, and the implications.

I personally do not believe we will drop to the 10% mark in other post-Christian democracies, mostly due to immigration; however, a return to the pre-revival American age of 20-30% seems imminent. I wouldn’t be surprised to see those levels be 2050. We will talk in the next Pod about how we believe Covid will accelerate the trends of the declince.

An Update From Us + Our Favorite Books of 2021 Modern Cloister

In this episode, we share an update on what's been happening with the Modern Cloister podcast along with our plans for 2022. We also run through our favorite books from 2021 for anyone looking for ideas for Christmas gifts or their own reading lists for 2022.  Books mentioned in the episode: New Testament In Its World  How Shall We Worship? Worship Matters Writing Worship Reformation Anglican Worship To Be A Christian: An Anglican Catechism The Wisdom Pyramid How To Read the Psalms Learning To Love The Psalms The Five Solas Series: God’s Word Alone The Five Solas Series: Grace Alone The Five Solas Series: Faith Alone The Five Solas Series: Christ Alone The Five Solas Series: God’s Glory Alone Five Views on Inerrancy Two Views on Women in Ministry Heart of Darkness A Brief History of Time Rediscover Church LEAD On The Incarnation Evangelical Theology A Christmas Carol Remember to rate, review and subscribe to be the first to get our newest episodes! And connect with us to share your thoughts and feedback at moderncloister@gmail.com. 
  1. An Update From Us + Our Favorite Books of 2021
  2. Wisdom and Kingship In The Psalms
  3. Confidence and Remembrance In The Psalms
  4. Lament and Confession In The Psalms
  5. Praise and Thanksgiving In the Psalms

Introducing the Modern Cloister

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On Twitter the other day I saw someone say, ‘at this point, I need you to list that you don’t have a podcast’. I guess I can no longer say that. Mrs. MMT has convinced me to start a podcast. We are calling it the Modern Cloister, and homage/play on Martin Luther’s Black Cloister (now mostly called Lutherhaus). You can go here for a really good write up of life in the Black Cloister, or here for a shorter article about the history of the ‘home’ (or both to get a better understanding). Our first episode, Welcome to the Modern Cloister, also touches on this history, how we chose the name, and our goals for the podcast.

 Our second episode, A History of Christian Community, the first episode in four part series on Christian Community. In this episode, we discuss community in the Old and New Testaments, the early Christian church, and then in ‘Christendom’, which brings us up to the modern age. It has a little more history and a little less discussion than the others in the series, because of the ground work that needs to be laid. Our next episodes in the series are about the current state of community, the future, and then the impact of Covid. 

We plan to release on the first and third Sundays of the month. The goal is to mostly do series, but there may be one off episodes as well. Also, towards the end of the month, we will do a review episode of events that happened that month. We have already started our next series. You can find us a Modern Cloister, we aren’t yet on all the players, but once we are, please subscribe. We are also on YouTube, and I’ve posted a player below, if you like listening at work on your computer. Hope you enjoy, would really appreciate any feedback. 

An Update From Us + Our Favorite Books of 2021 Modern Cloister

In this episode, we share an update on what's been happening with the Modern Cloister podcast along with our plans for 2022. We also run through our favorite books from 2021 for anyone looking for ideas for Christmas gifts or their own reading lists for 2022.  Books mentioned in the episode: New Testament In Its World  How Shall We Worship? Worship Matters Writing Worship Reformation Anglican Worship To Be A Christian: An Anglican Catechism The Wisdom Pyramid How To Read the Psalms Learning To Love The Psalms The Five Solas Series: God’s Word Alone The Five Solas Series: Grace Alone The Five Solas Series: Faith Alone The Five Solas Series: Christ Alone The Five Solas Series: God’s Glory Alone Five Views on Inerrancy Two Views on Women in Ministry Heart of Darkness A Brief History of Time Rediscover Church LEAD On The Incarnation Evangelical Theology A Christmas Carol Remember to rate, review and subscribe to be the first to get our newest episodes! And connect with us to share your thoughts and feedback at moderncloister@gmail.com. 
  1. An Update From Us + Our Favorite Books of 2021
  2. Wisdom and Kingship In The Psalms
  3. Confidence and Remembrance In The Psalms
  4. Lament and Confession In The Psalms
  5. Praise and Thanksgiving In the Psalms