Theological Musings on Important Topics

As topics arise I like to write from my theological perspective. If you have a topic, send me one at my email.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Twitter and Facebook – Help Me Again: Why Should I Do It? Dangers to the Gospel from Social Media

Let me state up front I am not a Luddite. I love technology, sometimes a bit too much. But in my work for The Navigators we spend a lot of time thinking of how to communicate with and transfer concepts, ideas and meaning to people under the age of 40 (which blessedly, I am still a member of for another 9 months). 

One of the key things that all the best thinkers say is that you have Twitter, you have to FaceBook and MySpace.  In other words, the Church (by which I mean all Christians but especially leaders) is failing the Gospel if it is not actively working through these media. 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Is the Book Dying?  An Interesting Piece on Reading in America

Come to our house and you will know instantly that we love books.  They are everywhere, especially of course in my office.  When I married my wife 13 years ago (and before I went to seminary, but while I was finishing my MBA), I had one small book shelf, and books were one shelf of it.  Today...books have taken over!  We love books.  I am a word person.  But...the book we hear is dying, and so is reading (not literacy, the ability, but actually reading something more than just a web post).  And in special trouble is the printed book.  Is this our future?

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Well there is a very intersting artile on the website The New Atlantis on the printed page vs electronic.  Read it here:http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/people-of-the-screen

And for an interesting read on the subject of the end of literacy, you really should check the well written if insultingly titled The Dumbest Generation:
http://www.amazon.com/Dumbest-Generation-Stupefies-Americans-Jeopardizes/dp/1585426393/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229577651&sr=1-1

Hugh Hewitt, the great political commentator and radio host has been asking whether the Republican Party can close the technology gap, but a bigger issue for both parties is not how they use technology, but whether a technophile culture is going to be able to understand ideas, ideology, history and economics enough to be the kind of populace that can keep itself free and prosperous.

As for me...I have my doubts

Posted by Christopher on 12/17 at 04:15 AM
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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Postmodernism, Pluralism and Bears (Markets) Oh My - Challenges to Ministry in the 21st Century

In Septemeber I had the great opportunity to speak to pastors and Navigators Church Disceipleship Ministry staff about some of the different challenges to doing ministry in our culture.  This paper adn presentation were pretty well received, and now I have been receiving request for my paper.  Well, here it is, feel free to enjoy (please cite me if you use it). Any questions?  Email me at

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Posted by Christopher on 12/06 at 02:15 AM
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Monday, September 01, 2008

GenerationME - Understanding Younger Generations and Challenges for the Gospel - Post 1

I mentioned in my previous post that I was going to start a whole series of entries covering the important data provided in the great book, GenerationME: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entiteld-- and More Miserable Than Ever Before by Jean M. Twenge, PhD.  I have been spending much of the past several years trying better to understand my own generation and those younger than me.  So far, I have Dr. Twenge’s book to be the best out there.  So, here comes the series on the book, and today’s first post is about the dangers of so much of what we have been told about those born 1970 and later.  Oh and of course, commentary from yours truly.

Here is the the first highlight from GenerationME (pages 5-6)

All of this, and we don’t have a name.  People born in the late 1960s to the 1970s are often labeled “GenerationX,” but they have not been reexamined since being named in the early 1990s, long before their primary identity veered from slackers to Internet millionaires. It’s just not clear that the GenX label fits now that flannel shirts are out. One advertising executive called the early 1990s description of this generation as bored cynics “the most expensive marketing mistake in history.” Some descriptions (and broth years) of GenX overlap with what I call GenerationMe but its’ clear that the GenX description is incomplete and often misguided.  And the generation born in the 1980s and 1990s—today’s children, teenagers, and people in their early twenties—has no name at all.  Some marketers have used “GenY,” which simply parrots the GenX label and thus probably won’t last long: who wants to be named after the people older than you?  Some have called young people the “Net Generation,” as this is the first generation to grow up with the internet, but this label has not caught on (and being the first to experience something doesn’t mean much; Boomers were the first “TV Generation,” but later generations have clearly trumped them in their attachment to the boob tube). 

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Random Musings for the Week ending January 20, 2007 On Obama, Marriage, and Global Warming

This is a new post type.  As any reader of this site knows, I write really long posts in general, which means that I dont post as often and topics go flying by.  So from now on at the end of the week I will do a post that captures random thoughts for the week. Here goes issue #1.

Obama and the Madrassa So someone tracked down that Barak Obama attended a madrassa (a type of religious school in Muslim communities that are focused solely on the Koran http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madrasah).  Is this a big deal? 

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Timing is Everything A Few Thoughts on Presidents Bushs 5-15-06 Speech

Comments are flying from all quarters about the Presidents speech last night.  Some polling data shows the speech was well received, but the anecdotal evidence, especially on the Right, is not so positive.  What did I think?

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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Does Grace Bring Dedication?

In the past 2 days I have been struck again by the zeal and willingness to sacrifice of people of other faiths.  It has raised that very uncomfortable question that such stories always raisewhy arent Christians more like that.

On Friday I went and saw United 93 (my review on the previous posting).  Lets be clear, I am deeply troubled by any act of violence in the name of God.  But one cannot watch the dedication with which the four terrorists, their willing to sacrifice their own lives to serve the causes of God (as they very mistakenly understood it).  They acted even after sitting in the waiting lounge at the airport with their victims.  They acted after seeing and hearing people talk to loved ones whom they would never see again.  That is dedication.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

The Imperative of the War in Iraq

As a theologian, I get asked my opinion on the idea of just war and whether people should be in favour of the war in Iraq.  The subject though is neither easy nor simple.  With all do deference to Cindy Sheehan and the Michael Moore’s of the world, just pulling out of Iraq is not going to change the world we live in.  So, here is my take on it...The Imperative of the War in Iraq

The events of recent days regarding the war in Iraq have deeply touched many Americans. Whether it be the loss of the Marines from Ohio, the repeated car bombings, including the bombing that killed dozens of Iraqi children, and of course the media coverage around the mother of a dead soldier, Cindy Sheehan, has reminded us that we are in a real war, with real casualties.  Living as I do in city with many military bases, including a U.S. Army post that has suffered hundreds of casualties, these events have touched me and brought a renewed concentration on this war which is clearly still far from its last stages.  Clearly I am not alone as the polling agencies have been pumping out a regular set of new and more pessimistic results showing that the majority (and a growing number at that) now disagree with the war (or at least its current handling).  While I readily admit that I am an evangelical Christian theologian and a Republican, I take no joy from war anywhere.  No one I know does.  But, the question you must ask yourself is, What is worse than war?

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Monday, May 09, 2005

The Courts, the Filibuster and Truth: Does it matter?

Is there a Christian position on the issue of the fillibuster crisis in the Senate?  I don’t believe there is with regards to who should sit on the bench or not, but ending the crisis
appears to fall under the basic calling of the Christian - pursuing the truth.

Regardless of whether you are a Democrat or a Republican we all have the desire, as Christians, to see this current process of handling judicial nominees handled right and fairly.  What does that mean? Click below to see my take on this current situation....

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Posted by Christopher on 05/09 at 06:23 PM
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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Misunderstanding the New Pope

What are we to make of all the news coverage of the new Pope, Benedict XVI.  If you read the news coverage, Atilla the Hun has taken over the Vatican.

As I have followed the news coverage of Cardinal Ratzinger’s elevation to the papacy I have been deeply discouraged by their treatment of one of the most brilliant theologians in the Catholic Church.  They have treated this man as if he were Atilla, Stalin, Hitler and Mao all rolled together in one - or worse, the Catholic George W. Bush.  Why such coverage of a man who is almost universally revered as not only a great thinker, but a self-effacing gentle soul who loves people, cats, and lemonade?

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Posted by Christopher on 04/28 at 03:40 AM
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Becoming a Christian - An Event or a Process

Is the moment of becoming a Christian an event (do you have a born-again moment?) or a process (the slow turning towards Jesus Christ)? 

A dear friend of mine recently asked me what I thought about people who could not point to a definitive moment where they accepted Jesus.  Are these people Christians?  While I believe strongly in baptism (as a statement of our faith) the quetion is one that I think misses the point.  We in America are caught up in “big moments,” and certainly there are big moments among many of the biblical characters (Paul is after all the one who calls us to imitate him even as he imitates Christ).  The question I ask you, if you are married, is do you remember when you fell in love with your spouse?  While you can point to your marriage day, can you point to the very moment when you fell in love?  It is our love for Christ that is essential to our salvation, and while baptism (the marriage ceremony for many Evangelical Christians) is important, it is not salvation.  Besides, many Evangelicals still practice infant baptism (including myself), so even that event may not be tied to our own personal realization of our love for Christ. 

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