But What Is Your Perspective?
Post-modernism has given us the blessing and the curse of considering things from a multiplicity of perspectives. It is a true blessing to be able to step out of one’s own shoes and attempt to understand things from a different position. That is something we should attempt to do and often the result is a […]
Regaining Our Certainty in Churches of Christ
We used to be a certain bunch. We were certain about pretty much everything. We were certain about our doctrine. We were certain about our identity. We had things locked down tight to a fault. Part of this had to do with a backwards hermeneutic that was self-perpetuating of our pre-determined conclusions that always guaranteed […]
Hurt by Chap Clark
Have any of you read “Hurt” by Chap Clark? Our youth minister has highly recommended that I read this book and has laid out the premise of it for me. Then I was speaking with another youth minister who also mentioned this book and how powerful it is in understanding today’s adolescent culture. From what […]
Postmodernism and the Death of Political Parties
I think the two party system will be dead in twenty years and replaced by something that better reflects the worldview of today’s Americans. There are several characteristics of our culture that lead me to that conclusion: Postmoderns aren’t concerned for clear-cut and well defined groups that have to fit a particular mold. They are […]
The Information to Transformation Shift
I really enjoy consuming information. Missy is always asking me how I know about all kinds of random things. Usually I don’t know how or why I know about it, I just do. On the flip side I have a hard remembering conversations. Missy will ask me what someone said about something. She wants to […]
The Problem With Culturally Defined Truth
A few things that were once considered culturally acceptable by various groups: Slavery The Crusades Killing infants by exposure (leaving them to die) Murdering Jews Segregation The list could go a lot further than that but the point is, at some point in time there were large groups of people found these things socially and […]
What Was the Colossian Heresy and What Can We Learn from it?
In comments on the last post Philip mentioned Milton Jones’ interpretation of the Colossian heresy as something comparable to post-modernism. I have a great level of respect for Milton Jones. I haven’t read his book (that Philip linked to in his comment) but I did think this would be an interesting point to respond to […]
What to Expect in the Future of the Church
Here are a couple of things I think will be the topics of discussion in coming years. Feel free in the comments to agree, disagree, or add your own. Evangelism of the unchurched rather than reaching those in denominations. There will be a shift from debating those from different Christian groups to reaching people who […]
Wake Up Call on Evangelism
I am starting to see a parallel between the last 100+ years of evangelism and Acts 1:8. In Acts 1:8 Jesus tells his disciples that they will be witnesses in Jerusalem – Judea – Samaria – and the ends of the earth. The last 100 or so years of church growth has been a lot […]
Still Wrapping My Modern Head Around Post-Modernism
Here is a nice little summary statement that I came up with in trying to wrap my tiny brain around post-modernism: Modern – want to know it is right before they can feel a part of it. Post-modern – want to feel a part before they can know it is right. Any thoughts?