Have you noticed the shift in our society? We have gone from a society grounded in a Judeo-Christian worldwide to a diverse, generally post-Christian culture. There were many contributing factors in this shift—the Vietnam War, the 1960’s counter-culture, and the sexual revolution among them. Add to these the national disillusionment after Watergate and the scandals of fallen Christian leaders in the 1980’s and you have a motivation for rejecting traditional beliefs and values. As a result, for many the church is now viewed as antiquated and irrelevant. 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
Something dangerous and scary is probably occurring right now at a university or college near you. It may be disguised as a seminar on wellness, a class on well-being, or a conference on integrative health. You might find it listed in the college catalog in courses labeled “Mindfulness Training” or “Contemplative Learning.” It could more blatantly be offered as a program for student/faculty that utilizes yoga, Tai Chi, or meditation as an aid to mental and physical health. And usually somewhere in the literature for this seminar, class or program you will find references to the “wealth” of scientific evidence that proves that mindfulness (or yoga, or contemplation, or whatever) is proven to be the panacea for all ills in body and soul. Continue reading