I wrote this letter because I wanted to encourage and inspire a handful of people I knew. I wanted to succinctly document my theological learning and experiences over the past five years. I wanted to express the content in a familiar format so people can approach biblical letters with a renewed perspective.
The Christian faith has become increasingly implausible in the modern period. This has occurred due to the secularization of society particularly through the decline of the bidirectional influence of family and religion. The deterioration of the traditional family in our age and the current “modern social imaginary,” are reasons why it will be difficult for…… Continue reading Family as Salt and Light
Through its culture of reason and progress, the Enlightenment created a new environment for Christian faith and practice, particularly expressed through the complicated birth of evangelicalism. The Enlightenment consists of multiple people, events, behaviors, and ideas that stretch across a large breadth of time and place. The eighteenth century in particular has been most notably…… Continue reading Culture of Enlightenment Births Evangelicalism
A Google search for “what is mission” returns the top two definitions: “1. an important assignment carried out for political, religious, or commercial purposes, typically involving travel. 2. the vocation or calling of a religious organization, especially a Christian one, to go out into the world and spread its faith.” This understanding of mission has…… Continue reading “Hey Google, what is mission?”
What does it mean to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength?” I have pondered this question numerous times in my journey of faith. Loving God with all my strength was “easy” to practice as it meant faithfully…… Continue reading Loving God with a Social Imaginary of Expressive Individualism
Intractable. “Not easily governed, managed, or directed. Not easily relieved or cured.” “It is a hard word, and one we wish wasn’t. Whenever we find ourselves needing that word, we are in a miserable place. Sometimes marriages seem like that, and we can see no way other than more sorrow. … Then sometimes the issues…… Continue reading An Intractable Amount of Intractable Issues
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Max Weber argues that “practicality has somehow received the sanction of modern religious understanding, so that what appears to be purely pragmatic and egoistic behavior is actually religiously motivated in some way; [and] religious understanding has somehow been debunked within modern culture in such a way…… Continue reading The Influence of Economic Prosperity on Religious Flourishing: A Case Study of South Korea