The "United Methodists" Are No Longer United

What's Going On? Yesterday, the United Methodist Church made headlines by announcing that a taskforce of both conservative and liberal factions within the UMC have reached a settlement to part ways, with a new theologically conservative denomination branching off. For the past several years, the country's largest mainline denomination and second-largest Protestant denomination (second only … Continue reading The "United Methodists" Are No Longer United

The Both/And of Christian Witness (Part II)

This past Christmas, popular conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey revisted an old debate on her Twitter page, retorting: “Does the person claiming Jesus was a poor refugee also believe Jesus is the Way, the Truth & the Life and that no one comes to the Father except through Him? Do they hold the Word of God … Continue reading The Both/And of Christian Witness (Part II)

Billy Graham and Cultural Engagement: A Lesson to Christians

I'm not sure I would be here if it wasn't for Billy Graham. I don't say that as a matter of mere sentiment, but as an objective observation. Although Millennials such as myself have only lived in the twilight years of Billy Graham's life and ministry, his influence on previous generations has reverberated down to … Continue reading Billy Graham and Cultural Engagement: A Lesson to Christians

“What does it mean to be a Confessional (Millennial) Christian?” Part 2: A Contemporary Perspective

In the previous post, I gave a historical perspective on "What it means to be a confessional Christian", not least of which is to confess "Christ crucified". But being a confessional Christian doesn't just have a past, historical component to it. It also includes a present, cultural-contextual component...and it has relevance for us today.  To be … Continue reading “What does it mean to be a Confessional (Millennial) Christian?” Part 2: A Contemporary Perspective

Being a Confessing Millennial in the 21st Century, Part 2

[This is a "companion piece" of sorts to blog-post #4]  Which Holy Grail? My childhood hero was Indiana Jones, and my favorite film in that series is (obviously) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, in which Indy is searching for the mythical Holy Grail, the one of Monty Python fame. One of the last scenes  of the … Continue reading Being a Confessing Millennial in the 21st Century, Part 2

Ode to Kierkegaard

I have entered what you could call a distinctly "Kierkegaardian" season of my life. What do I mean by that? Well, first, let me introduce the object of today's spotlight: 19th century Danish existential philosopher and theologian Søren Kierkegaard, who constantly challenged the status quo of his day. If you want to get your mental … Continue reading Ode to Kierkegaard

Christianity in the Marketplace of Ideas: Being a Confessing Millennial In the 21st Century

The Cultural Landscape We live in a pluralistic culture, which is not really a bad thing, even as an orthodox Christian. The early Christian movement and its disciples flourished within the pluralistic society of the Roman Empire alongside other religions and beliefs, proclaiming the "good news" of the gospel of Jesus Christ and making disciples. … Continue reading Christianity in the Marketplace of Ideas: Being a Confessing Millennial In the 21st Century

Taking Back Evangelicalism

I'll always remember the first time I became aware of the term "evangelical". As a young boy growing up in a predominately Lutheran town with predominantly Lutheran friends at school, I had asked my mom what “type” of Christians we were. “Well,” she began, “we’re what you call ‘evangelical’.” Although my curious and inquiring mind … Continue reading Taking Back Evangelicalism

Theological Orthodoxy and Social Justice

One of the things that pleasantly surprised me after posting my latest blog-post was how it seemed to have resonated and struck a chord with one of the three particular demographics I addressed based on feedback from friends and contemporaries both familiar and unfamiliar: that being the disenfranchised millennial within the local church. I don't … Continue reading Theological Orthodoxy and Social Justice