Postmodernism 8 – Churches

Postmodernism 8 – Churches

One of the differences between “modern” churches and “postmodern” churches is the way they seek to “do church.” The modern churches have been heavy on programs – Sunday School, children’s church, youth programs, camping programs, visitation programs, and on the list could go. The postmoderns are more interested in relationships. They are generally not interested [Continue Reading…]

Joy to the World

Joy to the World

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…]

Bach and the Bible

Bach and the Bible

Each year during the fall, Judy and I have the privilege of living in Watertown, Wisconsin where I teach on the faculty of Maranatha Baptist Seminary. One of the “perks” of being here is the opportunity to enjoy some fine cultural events. A few weeks ago we attended a concert on the campus. Philip Gingery is an [Continue Reading…]

Postmodernism 6 – Politics

Postmodernism 6 – Politics

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…]

Chad and Courtney Phelps

Chad and Courtney Phelps

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…]

Postmodernism 3 – Characteristics

Postmodernism 3 – Characteristics

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…]

Postmodernism 2

Postmodernism 2

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…]