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
[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
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
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
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
One of the things that surprised me after posting my latest blog-post was how it seemed to have resonated and struck a chord with the disenfranchised millennial in the local church. I don't have enough Professor X powers to tell you why, but I suspect that at least one of the reasons may have been the … Continue reading Theological Orthodoxy and Social Justice
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