Links About Where We Are & When We Are
Yesterday I opened the sermon with three things Christians need to understand about our times if we're to understand our corporate identity aright. (Corporate identity = who we are in Christ together). Here are the links I promised to send out - happy reading!
1a. The Big Picture
1b. Moralistic Therapeutic Deism (MTD): Heretical beliefs about God are pervasive in our culture. This deeply and increasingly affects Christians and the church.
MTD: Not Just a Problem with Youth Ministry Brian Cosby
Are Churches Secularizing America? Michael Horton
2. Juvenilization: We’re three generations into a historical process that has been called “the juvenilization of American Christianity."
The Price of a Feel-Good Faith Thomas E. Bergler (quote from book)
The Juvenilization of American Christianity Thomas E. Bergler (summary article)
3. Formation and De-Formation: Mis-shaping, de-forming loves/desires/enjoyments have perhaps never been quite so accessible and pervasive. Eg: the screen, the mall, the stadium, the smartphone. (This point is drawn from You Are What You Love by James K.A. Smith.)
You Are What You Love: A Conversation with James K.A. Smith Interview with Justin Taylor
You Can't Think Your Way to God James K.A. Smith interview with David Neff