Category Archives: Postmodernity

The Sunday Assembly – A Non-Theist Response to Religion

For well more than a century freethinkers, and religious skeptics, have gathered, talked and participated in various forms of social interaction without any expression of formal religion. In 1882 the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago was founded to provide a … Continue reading

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What Does Christ’s Victory Mean for Understanding His Death?

The New Testament is filled with material concerning the victory of Christ over the powers of evil, a victory finally accomplished, and announced, through his death and resurrection. One of the seminal texts that comes to mind here is in … Continue reading

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How the Enlightenment Took the Church Away from Jesus & Him Crucified

The ancient church did not debate ideas about “appeasing the wrath of God through Christ’s death.” The Christ they worshiped, as we’ve seen, was the victor over the powers. They expressed this in their worship. This can also be discovered … Continue reading

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Seminaries, Pastoral Training and the Future of the Church in North America

I visited the campus of Northern Seminary in nearby Lombard (IL) last week to meet with Greg Henson, the chief of institutional advancement for the school. Greg and I were connected by three mutual friends within the short span of … Continue reading

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Non-Voluntarist Protestantism and the Dangers of Secular Modernity

There are two types of churches which constitute the visible expression of  Christianity in the modern age. For the sake of simplicity let me call these two expressions of the church the non-voluntary and the voluntary models. If these seem … Continue reading

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Living as Aliens in Post-Christendom Culture (5)

Christian sociologist James Davison Hunter has written one of the most important studies of what it means to be faithfully present in the modern, increasingly post-Christendom world that I have been describing over the last two weeks. His magisterial book, … Continue reading

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Living as Aliens in a Post-Christendom Culture (1)

I suggested in my series last week, “The Babylonian Captivity of the Church,” that Christians were called by God in Christ to live as “a colony of heaven” (Philippians 3:20). Because of this calling we are to live as God’s … Continue reading

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The Babylonian Captivity of the American Church (4)

A Colony of Heaven James Moffatt’s translation of the New Testament translates politeuma, in Philippians 3:20, as: “We are a colony of heaven.” The Jews in the Dispersion, and living in Babylon, understood this very well. They knew what it … Continue reading

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The Babylonian Captivity of the American Church (1)

If the Bugle Gives an Indistinct Sound, How Will We Be Awakened? Over the last month or so I have done a series of twelve blogs on the “The Spiritual State of the Nation.” I wrote these after reading the … Continue reading

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My Theology is Getting More Complex – My Faith Is Growing More Simple

On Thursday evening I engaged with a long thread of discussion on my Facebook page about a post made by a popular author by the name of Jim Palmer. Jim lives in Nashville and is a former evangelical pastor who … Continue reading

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