by Zach Dietrich (really he wrote it, but I had to move it because it was already on the bottom)
A special thanks to Matt and Brian for allowing me the opportunity to muse outloud. I appreciate your insights into contemporay and historic Christianity. Convicting and refreshing. As I read through your past posts I had three thoughts:
1) It is refreshing to find people who, rather than decrying the modern church for its failures, are actively engaging in a “conversation” to better the church they love. To put it another way, my former pastor wrote a paper called Conservative, But Current. I am whole-heartedly conservative, but I’m not sure what that looks like in 2006. I personally don’t think that a few traditional institutions in the Southeast have a monoply on conservative Christianity. There’s a growing number of people willing to speak up. Let’s plow the way for the future.
2) The coming of postmodernism has revealed how deeply Christianity has bitten into the apple of Modernism. We see its effects in nearly every area of the church. However, we have not yet explored how much we are driven by contemporary thought and culture. In other words, even though I believe in absolute truth, etc. postmodernism is alive and well in me. How does it manifest itself in my thinking (Leeriness of labels, love the word “paradigm”, addicted to media)? I’ll explore this later.
3) As an outflow of 1 and 2, what does this practically look like in the church? Nearly everyone agrees that the modern, “cookie cutter” church is a far cry from the early church, but suggest something different and you’ll be lynched. Even so, I think that preaching, biblical authority, conversion/salvation, church government, environmentalism, the government, etc. will be relevant in our circles in the near future. We ought to be prepared.
So there’s my first post. I’m currently working some practical thoughts from 1 Tim. 4:13.