Category Archives: Culture

Bringing the Good News

As any of you who’ve taken just a bit of Greek or has listened to a preacher who has tried to use it, you’ll know that we get the English word "evangelism" from the Greek word "euangelizo".  This is a compound word in Greek, formed by the prefix "eu", which means good or excellent, andContinue Reading

Post Modernism – Part 9

Ministry in a Post Modern Context, continued. This is the last post on this probably too long look at postmodernism in ministry.  We’re finishing up today by looking how to minister to the post modern need for holistic involvement.  This one is tough, because it has connections to the desire for authenticity that the postContinue Reading

Post Modernism – Part 8

Ministry in a Post Modern Context – Continued We discussed a few posts back about the value that post moderns place on communicating using narrative and meta-narrative.  This value parallels closely with the value of dialog and discourse.  They are both ongoing concepts that lend depth and value to the existence of the post modernContinue Reading

Post Modernism – Part 7

Ministry in a Post Modern Context, Continued. The third theme of postmodernism that I introduced in Part 4 of this series was the postmodern’s search for deeper meaning.  They are no longer content with "Because I say so" or "Because it has always been that way" type of answers.  Postmoderns are often quite happy withContinue Reading

Post Modernism – Part 6

Ministry in a Postmodern Context I suppose the best frame work for this part of the discussion is to take the main tenets of postmodernism and look at them in the context of ministry/church life.  That way we get eight posts out of it and we should generate a very good discussion because of theContinue Reading

Post Modernism – Part 5

This is a continuation from yesterday where we started looking at major themes in postmodernism.  Tomorrow we’ll start looking at ministry implications within the postmodern context, mostly based on the items in the lists for the last two days.  These are the final four themes in the list that I would count as essential:  Continue Reading

Post Modernism – Part 4

We’ll get back to our discussion of postmodernism today after taking a brief break for some other responsibilities and a wonderful Easter weekend.  If any of our guests to our services happen by this blog, thanks for making Sunday such a great experience! Main Themes of Postmodernism In preparing for today’s discussion I was remindedContinue Reading

Post Modernism – Part 3

A question was asked about references for the material that we’re discussing.  I’ll post a list of references at the end of the discussion so that you’ll have some other sources to look at.  We’ll call it a recommended reading list. The development of Modernism As with most social movements, modernism developed in response toContinue Reading

Post Modernism – Part 2

I can tell by the overwhelming number of comments to yesterday’s post that this is one of the favorite topics of my readers (there was one comment).  Once we get through a day or so of definition, we’ll start looking at postmodernism in practice, and that will be a lot better.  In fact, here’s anContinue Reading

Post Modernism – Part 1

Postmodernism Defined  One of our small groups studied a book a year or so ago that was very postmodern in its approach.  I was concerned about this group studying this book, mostly because they were a group filled with modernists.  One of those group members has started attending our Thursday Night Coffee House where weContinue Reading