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Literary Apologetics: Missionary Work in the Language of the Masses

I am currently promoting my Birth Pangs series and thought it would be a good idea to point to a few places where I have argued that turning the tide in America today means changing the way we witness.  In particular, using narrative, whether visually or in text.

America is increasingly a mission field in its own right.  Just as missionaries have to learn the language of the natives before they can present the Gospel effectively, so too do we need to do the same in America.  This does not mean (per some trends in apologetics today) adopting the ‘language’ … continue reading...

Online Presentation on the Demise of Christianity

Below I have the ‘video’ of my online presentation on the ‘death of Christianity.’   I have been developing a line of thought and the corresponding presentation for about a year.  I adapted by presentation for the uniquness of this format.  My adaptations reflected the fact that it was a virtual presentation, that it was predominantly a ‘professional’ church work Christian audience, and that it was predominantly a Lutheran Christian audience.  Also, the outline of my presentation (unadapted) is about 45 mins, here I only had 30 mins to work with.

I am hosting the video on my ministry’s new Christian continue reading...

Literary Apologetics Key to Turning the Tide

Hat tip to Charles for pointing this article out to me.

Recently ChristianityToday had an excellent article on the use of science fiction to communicate a distinctly secular and atheistic world view.  If you are a Christian that cares for the state of the Church today and our modern challenge, you should read the article.

The article correctly says:

… viewers don’t leave movies such as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Hancock, X-Men, and Contact—or television programs such as The X-Files or Heroes—scratching their heads in confusion. We are intrigued, but

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NBC Heroes: Did God Give them Their Powers? Angels and Monsters and Christianity

In NBC Heroes tonight we had more religious overtures and a thorough playing out of moral equivocation across the board.  The question basically asked was:  “Are these men and women angels or are they monsters?”  There seemed to be no way to distinguish ‘good’ guy from ‘bad’ guy and previous ‘good guys’ now seem to be monsters whereas ‘bad guys’ are becoming winsome.

In my opinion, this sort of moral confusion doesn’t bother me all that much.  Really, the whole thing typifies what life could conceivably be like in a godless universe.  True, it doesn’t match up with our own … continue reading...

Ministry in a Virtual and Digital Age

I learned today that a friend of mine who specializes in the study of virtual communities and education did a presentation recently on ministry in a virtual world and I got a mention (around the 70 minute mark).  I thought the presentation was excellent and if your church or ministry wants an overview on virtual ministry and some guidance on how to proceed, the full 77 minute presentation will help you.

Here is the link to the audio of the presentation and you’ll note that he has made his power point available as well.  (Sntjohnny.com is slide 43 but it … continue reading...

A Review of Why We’re Not Emergent, critical book on the Rob Bell, Brian McLaren Movement

Why We’re Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be

Book Description: “The Emergent Church is a strong voice in today’s Christian community. And they’re talking about good things: caring for the poor, peace for all men, loving Jesus. Kevin and Ted are two guys who, demographically, should be all over this movement. But they’re not. And Why We’re Not Emergent gives you the solid reasons why.”


Like the authors of the book, I am sympathetic to the… continue reading...