From the “About” page: “The Confessing Millennial exists to bridge the gap between millennials and the Church by providing media resources and material, in the hopes of encouraging future leaders in our generation in the apostolic gospel message of Jesus Christ.
Below are some of those resources (NOTE: this is not an exhaustive list):
- The Gospel Coalition, for material that engages culture from a confessionally Christian standpoint. Broadly (but not rigidly) Reformed in its theological orientation.
- Seedbed, a “media platform whose mission is to gather, connect, and resource the people of God to sow for a great awakening.” Broadly Wesleyan in its theological orientation.
- The Bible Project (site and YouTube page), for an informative resource that explains the Bible, its story, and its themes one video at time. They state, “We believe that the Bible is one, unified story that culminates in Jesus and has wisdom for the modern world.” A great resource for biblical theology.
- Three-Minute Theology, a YouTube page containing short, three minute videos explaining complex theological concepts. A great resource for systematic theology.
- The SOLA Network: “SOLA Network exists to influence the emerging generation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It serves as a digital platform for evangelical leaders, writers, speakers, and bloggers who share the same values of faith to provide Gospel-centered resources.” I have written about my involvement and how its vision aligns with mine here.
- Christianity Today, for news articles from a Christian perspective, to “keep up with the times.”
- Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, for resources on apologetics.
- The White Horse Inn for those wanting to delve deeper into an understanding of the Protestant branch of Christianity, and Core Christianity for related resources on cultural engagement.
- The Babylon Bee, for a good laugh every once in a while. Millennials need to chill.
Pastors, authors, and theologians to read or listen to (in no particular order)…
- D.A. (“Don”) Carson–theologian
- Tim Keller–pastor
- N.T. Wright–theologian, bible scholar, former bishop
- Fleming Rutledge–preacher and author
- Ravi Zacharias–apologist
- R.C. Sproul–theologian and pastor
- Michael Horton–theologian
- Matt Chandler–pastor
- Fred Sanders–theologian
- Sinclair Ferguson–theologian
- Scot McKnight–bible scholar
- Alistair Begg–pastor
- Carl Trueman–theologian
- Miroslav Wolf–theologian
*bolded are primary influences.
Old dead people:
- C.S. Lewis
- Dieterich Bonhoeffer
- John Stott
- J.I. Packer
- Lesslie Newbigin
- Classic figures, such as: Athanasius, Ireneus, Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, George Whitefield, John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards, Kierkegaard, Karl Barth (in doses), etc.
Bloggers, vloggers, and podcasts
- Tim Challies, popular blogger/vlogger. Tackles many Christian topics.
- White Horse Inn, radio show and podcast (see description above). Tends to tackle theological topics.
- The Holy Post podcast, recorded in the middle of one of the evangelical capitals of America (Wheaton, Illinois), the hosts don’t shy away from asking difficult questions and taking some introspective looks into the soul of modern evangelicalism in light of news headlines and cultural challenges. Sponsored by Christianity Today and good for evangelicals that might feel a bit disillusioned by their namesake. Hosted by Phil Vischer and Skye Jethani.
- Skye Jethani, Christian blogger, author and speaker, and one of the hosts of the aforementioned podcast. Tackles important cultural issues and topics.
- Doctrine and Devotion, if you want to listen to two pastors that look like bikers bicker and banter with each other while discussing “faith and practice from Reformed Baptist” perspective. Recorded near my old stomping grounds at St. Charles, Illinois. Hosted by Joe Thorn and Jimmy Fowler, or collectively, “the JoFo”.
- John Crist (site and YouTube page), for a good reminder of why I’m a confessional Christian and why evangelical subculture makes me cringe and want to pull my hair out.
- Ask Pastor John, for down-to-earth pastoral answers to sincere questions of faith and practice. Note: John Piper’s theology is strongly Calvinistic.
- “Knowing Faith” and “Culture Matters”, the two podcasts of The Village Church
- “Pass the Mic” and “Truth’s Table” for podcasts on faith and culture from a black (and minority) perspective.
- Reformedish, my go-to for a regular dose of heavy theological discussion. Not for the faint-hearted. Thanks, Derek.
- Mere Fidelity, another theologically-oriented podcast. “Conversations about life, theology, church, and culture”
I don’t always agree with these resources all the time, but I largely find them helpful and insightful, and believe they all have something to contribute to the “confessing millennial” conversation. (Babylon Bee is a must.)
Soli Deo Gloria
[Coming soon: PDF resources of several confessional standards per church tradition]