The Apologetic for Apologetics? What should the American church be talking about?
July 30, 2008 7:16 PM Subscribe
What should a Christian church that attracts non-Christians -- and that is interested in being relevant to the world -- be talking about today?
posted by rubberfish to religion & philosophy (46 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I'm helping a group of people to plan out a year of teaching for a Christian church that focuses on alternative approaches to speaking into the lives of post-modern Americans. What should they be teaching?
Specifically, if you went to a Christian church ONLY ONCE, [or for a short period of time] what topic would you want them to be discussing? What would be relevant to YOU, in your life and reality?
For the sake of this exercise/argument, let's assume that you're not going to convince me [or this group of Christians] not to be Christians, nor should you expect that we'll be talking about changing the basic tenets of the faith [i.e., Jesus/Sin/Redemption/etc.]. This question is not intended to be an open forum on whether Christianity is right or wrong, has been or is evil, or the political leanings of some Christians.
HOWEVER, we are VERY open to gnashing teeth [in the forthcoming teaching] about why we believe what we do, whether what we believe makes sense, or whether it has any bearing on America [and the world] in 2008.
We're willing to wrestle with the realities of these basic concepts of the faith, as well as tackle the stickiest of subjects, and we strive to have open -- and sometimes painful -- conversations about God and our world today. We are not a "shiny-happy-people" kind of place, so the more real and gritty the topic, the better. On an average Sunday, nearly 50% of the people that will hear these messages will be non-Christians, new to faith, or people who have previously been hurt by other Christians.
In short: What should a church -- whether Christian or otherwise -- that is interested in being relevant to the world, be talking about today?
[By the way, if you ARE a Christian, I'm really only interested in your response if there's a non-Christian sitting next to you saying, "Hey, ask this question..."]