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August 13, 2010

Cool Christianity vs. Jesus Christ

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

Also over at my non-church blog (I don’t know why I keep calling it a “private” blog since everyone can read it), I discuss an article found in this morning’s Wall Street Journal written by author Brian McCracken concerning “cool Christianity.” My post narrows his thought specifically to the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod and how it has been dealing with modern evangelism issues through the “Ablaze!” program.

As I wrote:

The challenge for a church that has reached the fork in the road is to decide which road to take. Even though many people like the idea of a church being “cool” and hip, the fact is that without Jesus Christ at the core of the entire life of a church, the church is merely a social club that does a lot of cool things. The question of why the church is needed is not answered in this modern idealistic social club view; instead of being embraced by our Lord in Word and Sacrament, church becomes a place to see people, to work on projects, and to hear the pastor talk about his new tattoo.

No, I do not have a tattoo.

I didn’t want to re-post that blog here, so here’s the link to go over and read it.

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