Is our feeling about the word “Baptist” a reality? Is it true that most unchurched people out there have negative feelings toward the word “Baptist”? Has it really become dirty word? I don’t want there to be any obstacles to our ability to proclaim the gospel. But I also don’t want to make a change based on untrue perceptions, insecure feelings, or fear.
When Adam and Eve did what God told them not to do, they put themselves at the center of everything. They wanted to be like God. We can do the same thing, and when we do, it evidences the death and destruction that came in the garden – like those who made the tower of Babel. When we seek to make a name for ourselves, we are evidencing the disposition toward self-idolatry.
Dr. Alex Chediak, a professor of engineering and physics at California Baptist University has written a book that, I believe, should be read by all students and parents prior to making decisions about college. He has provided a very accessible book that provides the reader with valuable information and wise counsel regarding choosing a major, student loans, working while a student, budgeting, and finding a job after graduation.
Tell the ALL truth… but tell it SLANT. That takes creativity. And the more creative you are, likely, the less direct you’re going to be. It’s not enough to ask, “What’s the truth I wanna get across?” But also, “What’s my angle? What’s my slant?”
I am afraid that we have relegated Christianity to something in our mind and lost the sense of how holistic redemption is, how God communicates what Christianity is through the images that he has given to his church. There is a felt flatness to some versions of Christianity, not an embodied invitation to a historic sacramental Christianity. The historic images that God has given to his church are not the practices that usually come to our mind when we think of what it means to be a Christian.