Fundamentalism is best known for its separatism, a willingness to separate when biblical truth is at stake. Separation, however, is the flipside of fellowship. If we can fellowship with someone (or something like a church or an association), we cannot separate from him (or it). If we do not have a basis for biblical fellowship, then we will struggle with our basis for biblical separation.
A few years ago I was in Kuala Lumpur (KL), the capital of Malaysia in late November. Malaysia is a “secular Muslim” country with some interesting political quirks. About two-thirds of the people are Muslim, and Islam is the official, constitutional religion. All ethnic Malays are by law automatically Muslim; any Malay that leaves Islam [Continue Reading...]
There is a rising feeling among emerging church leaders and followers of Jesus, that in many modern contemporary churches, something has subtly gone astray in what we call “church” and what we call “Christianity.” Through time, church has become a place that you go to have your needs met, instead of being a called local [Continue Reading...]
There is a crisis in Baptist life today which cannot be resolved by bigger budgets, better programs, or more sophisticated systems of data processing and mass communication. It is a crisis of identity rooted in a fundamental theological failure of nerve. The two major diseases of the contemporary church are spiritual amnesia (we have forgotten who we are) and ecclesiastical myopia (whoever we are, we are glad we are not like “them”). While these maladies are not unique to the people of God called Baptists, they are perhaps most glaringly present among us. . .
Constitution Day seems an appropriate time to discuss postmodern politics. While postmodern thinking has been around for a number of years, we have now in the White House America’s first postmodern president. America was founded by people deeply engrained in the modern mindset. Individualism, with both the protection and encouragement of the individual, is at [Continue Reading...]
How does a postmodern mindset affect the way we live? Its effects upon art, literature, and architecture are, to a great extent, merely “interesting.” We can ignore the postmodernism in these areas without it affecting how we live. When postmodernism begins to change the society in which we live, however, we will take notice. There [Continue Reading...]
Art brings philosophy down to earth. While this writer is not artistic, he does understand to a limited extent the philosophy of art. Modern art believes in several concepts. First, modern art believes in the uniqueness of the artist. The artist is the creator. Because of the emphasis on the individual, the modern artists are [Continue Reading...]
Maranatha wants to add our voices to those who are expressing their sorrow over the deaths of Chad and Courtney Phelps, and Tonya Weindorf from Colonial Hills Baptist Church. Chad and Courtney were students at Maranatha and left their impact on the faculty and students. We cannot begin to imagine the loss of a son, a daughter-in-law, [Continue Reading...]
Gene Veith identifies a series of characteristics held by most postmodernism. Social Constructivism. Meaning, morality and truth do not exist objectively. This is at the heart of the postmodernist worldview. Truth, with its attendant concepts of meaning and morality, are “constructed” by society. Everything centers around the story that the community has created to establish [Continue Reading...]
Characteristics of Postmodernism There are several characteristics of postmodernism that lie at the foundation of this worldview. Just as in the previous two meta-worldviews (premodernism and modernism), not everyone accepts all of these. Nevertheless, we can see some similarities among the postmoderns and draw at least some general conclusions. Gene Veith has identified five key [Continue Reading...]