Sometimes Boris would drive me nuts. I mean really drive me nuts. Ok, sometimes I suppose he just ticked me off if we’re being honest here. I remember well the afternoons that Boris would come into our office at the college we rented from in Moscow, Russia. We’d play chess and discuss everything from politics, to Christianity, to philosophy. I liked playing chess with Boris because he was just about the only Russian over the age of 12 that I could actually beat. The reason Boris pushed me to the edge sometimes was because he clearly had little interest in discussion for discovery, but rather just for the sake of being argumentative. Boris longed for the Communist to retake the government in the national elections of 96. Boris quoted Paul McCartney with as much reverence as the apostle Paul. Boris referred to both Vladimir Lenin and John Lennon with equal admiration while joking about Jesus. Boris would deny the credibility of the Bible while all the time never acknowledging the proofs I’d give for its inerrancy. Boris just liked to argue and I suppose that’s probably normal for a young man in his late teens and early 20s. I’m sure I’ve got my own history of annoying folks with my arguments as well. So if you’re out there Boris, please know that I really do love you and miss you.
One of the criticisms of Christianity that Boris would level at me periodically was the supposition that Christianity was simply not practical. “It didn’t do much,” he’d say. Maybe he was contrasting me to the Bolsheviks of old or something. But for whatever reason he had that idea, I tried to illustrate to him that Christianity is anything but impractical. (more…)
Solidarity is what she opened her discussion with. Shortly after the December 2nd mass shooting in San Bernardino by a Muslim husband and wife, Wheaton College Professor, Larycia Hawkins, set out to demonstrate solidarity with her Muslim neighbors by wearing a hijab. She cleared the actions with Wheaton, which is a major Christian liberal arts university, and all appeared to be fine. While my idea of solidarity promotion wouldn’t include the wearing of a hijab any more than suggesting that a Muslim cleric wear a Catholic Priest’s collar, I understand the desire to do something to foster a spirit of peace. I agree that stereo typing all Muslims as terrorist is something that we must fight. Days later though Professor Hawkins was suspended by the university. As some raced to condemn the institution and point to the public wearing of the Islamic female head covering as their reason, the real issue was much deeper and I completely agree with Wheaton’s decision. (more…)
Can the Kingdom be saved? Obviously the answer is yes as the true Kingdom of Heaven will never fail. Jesus said so and history has demonstrated such throughout the nations and ages. However there has been much writing over the past decade about the growing number of millennials and gen Xers who are leaving the Church every year. Panic has been the path of some while others have pointed to new music and tech as the golden ticket to reach this ever growing generational question. But could it be that sometimes the issue is simply one of misunderstanding how different generations think and why they process life as they do? (more…)
Does traditional evangelical Christianity have anything to say in our modern time? With the rise of millennial thinking can early 20th century Fundamentalism and present Evangelicalism effectively meet the needs of today or must we turn to new forms of spirituality for the heart, head, and hand? Join us this evening at 8p Central as we welcome Dr. Gary Zustiak to SND. Gary is an educator, counselor, youth specialist and millennial expert. We will also be giving away a copy of Gary’s book, The Next Generation: Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Generation X
So feel free to send in questions now and we’ll see you later on this evening.
Well I’m getting stoked about my sermon for this upcoming Sunday. We’re at the midpoint in a series at The Crossings called “The New Agenda” taken from Colossians 3:1-17. The whole crux of the series deals with living out the new life we have in Christ. The theme of this third installment in the series will be one of “Putting On” the new life of Christ. Toward the end of verse 14, Paul exhorts us to put on love which binds everything else together and that makes a lot sense. When you think about it, by purposefully loving others, we naturally cover all the facets of what it means to treat others from a Kingdom perspective. But how and who are we to love? (more…)