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Some New Terms to Think About

Some New Terms to Think About

I believe I must address this issue that has been relentlessly torturing me.  I’ve tried to give it up; but it keeps coming back to torment me!  I do not intend to question anyone’s faith.   I just want to talk about a question that has just come into my focus.  I don’t propose to be highly educated.  To the contrary, I never even went to college.  But, I do like to keep up with what is going on in our world.  That is why it was such a shock to read some new terms in a recent article regarding the preacher, Andy Stanley, and his new approach in preaching.

Let me back up to clarify a few things.  Andy Stanley is the pastor of North Point Ministries based in Atlanta.  He is the son of Charles Stanley who is also a pastor of an Atlanta church and has been on television since I lived in Iowa.   Andy Stanley has been the subject of some controversy since a sermon series entitled, Who Needs God You can listen to the series on his website.  In all fairness to Andy, he does have a valid point that makes a patient listener feel better at the end.  Its quit a different approach to theology, though, and I must admit that I am not comfortable with it myself.  I will leave it up to you to draw your own conclusion.

What I would like to do with my blog today is to explore the new terms that were new to me.

  • Post- Christian” When I looked this up in the internet, I was amazed to find that the term has been around for as early as 2005, at least!  As far as I am able to understand it; post-Christian society seems to be a society that at one time had it’s  history, culture and practices rooted basically on Christianity; but has become a society that has rejected or forgotten Christianity.  It seems to describe the culture that we are living in America today!  As I read more, I found there is a difference between a non-Christian and a post-Christian.  A non-Christian may never have heard or may have heard very little about Christianity.  On the other hand, a post-Christian means they have either rejected their belief in Christianity or just forgot it!
  • “Agnostic” Is described as a person who claims neither to have faith nor disbelief in God.

I wish I knew more about this subject to discuss with you, but I am still in a learning mode!  The reason this even came up was because Andy Stanley believes he has to change his approach when preaching to post-Christians.  My personal opinion is that just talking about Jesus and what the Bible teaches is still the way to tell everyone about our God that had a plan from the beginning in Genesis and that plan plays out all the way to Revelations!   I would like to hear from you and what your opinions are.

For now, I’m ready to watch this debate and PRAY1  PRAY!  PRAY!!  Bless you, fellow pilgrims!!

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