10 Questions

HERE is a very interesting blog post from Mark Sayers.

Here is an excerpt of the 10 questions he asks:

1: The almost overwhelming consensus in the West is that Church needs to change. But what if Church is not the problem what if we are? In the past people were part of the church because of their sense of devotion, their expectations of Church were much lower. What if we are looking for Church to give us the transcendence that we are meant to find in God?

2: The contemporary christian scene has now fragmented into movements. I know people who were in the new reformed camp but who are now in the emergent camp, and people who have made the move in the opposite direction. I know people who grew up Eastern Orthodox and are now at Pentecostal churches, and Pentecostals who have become Eastern Orthodox. What is the way that we move and change affiliations and tribes telling us? Maybe beneath the theology, and practice something else is going on? Why are we always on the move?

3: Why did the Church flatline across the Western World around 1963-1968? Why such a specific time frame? What happened?

4: What if we as the Church has been so focussed on the way that the enlightenment has captured our minds that we missed the way that romanticism has captured our hearts. How do you communicate the gospel in such a new emotional landscape?

5: What if the sexual climate of the West tells us more about our view of the universe than it does about our sex drives?

6: What if the American author Jack Kerouac in 1947 created a new form of being a half-Christian half-unbeliever that would come to dominate the way contemporary Christians fifty years later would live out their faiths? What if his book On the Road was the genesis of the life script of young adults today?

7: Maybe young adults across the western world are leaving church because we embraced the idea of the seeker? The problem being that in the Western imagination seekers never stop seeking?

8: Everyone in the West sees their life as a journey. What if life is not a journey? What if by seeing life as an individual journey we are preventing ourselves participating in God’s grand narrative of salvation?

9: Why did the 9/11 hijackers spend their last months on this earth smoking dope, binging on donuts, drinking in night clubs, sleeping with prostitutes and buying porn? What does it tell us that men who were so committed to a radical and violent vision of Islam and who despised the culture of the West found themselves so conflicted when it came to behaviour?

10: Why do so many young Christians who profess to follow Christ seem by their actions to be more disciples of Nietzsche, anxiously spending their waking hours attempting to carve out lives of meaning?

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