I have just recently finished reading George Orwell’s classic novel 1984. For me, this was required reading in high school. I am sure most of you had to read it at some time in your educational career. I remembered a lot of things from the story. But I had forgotten how insightful Orwell could be. In many ways he sheds great light on human nature, and the ability of fallen man’s ability to oppress and control his fellow man. Continue reading
Last week I celebrated my birthday. This was a BIG one… the big 6-0. Seems huge. I have told several people—60 just seems old. When you are in your 50’s you can convince yourself that you are still at the upper reaches of middle age. But 60? That’s old. Bordering on elderly. Within sight of ancient. (One friend reminded me that biblically I only have 10 more years left to live, cf. Psalm 90:10.)
But, it is not the demise of my fading youth that is on my mind this morning. Actually, what I am thinking of is the difference between everyday life in the 21st century and what life was like when I was growing up. My, what differences there are! Continue reading
Recently I have been doing research on the Emergent Church. Just in case you are not familiar with this movement, let me give you a little background. The Emergent Church movement originated in conversations between various pastors, youth pastors and church leaders back in the 1990’s. They were concerned about certain trends and practices they saw in the church. They were especially concerned about how relevant and effective the church was in reaching a postmodern culture. Out of their conversations arose an entire movement which has swept through America, Britain, Australia and other parts of the world.
The original ambitions of those involved in these conversations were noble and good. However, in their efforts to address the concerns of a postmodern society, they ended up becoming a postmodern movement. It seems, at least in their thinking, that to be relevant you must accommodate yourself to the culture—even if this accommodation involves sacrificing some of the foundational truths of the Christian faith. Continue reading
We live in a day when everything is relative. According to the popular mythology, nothing is absolute. (How popular mythologists get by with this absolute I will never understand.) Truth and morality are situational, personal, relational and relative. The all-too common thinking runs something like this: “If I think it is okay, then it is okay. If I perceive it as moral and good, then it must be moral and good.” Usually what such thinkers actually mean is “if what I am doing is something I want to do—that makes me happy—then it must be good.” Continue reading
One of the premier events for Christian young people in this country is the Urbana conference. This event is sponsored by Intervarsity Christian ministries and is held every three years. It is one of the largest Christian youth events in the world. The most recent conference was December 27-31, 2015 and was held in St. Louis, MO. Advancing Native Missions had a display there, with a number of staff representing ANM.
Back in our offices in Virginia, we received regular reports about what was happening at the conference. One of these reports noted that social media from the conference was very interesting. There were a number of posts to Facebook and Twitter commenting on the fact that the LGBT community was not represented at the conference. Fascinating. Would you really expect the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender community to be a part of this conference? For some, apparently yes. Continue reading