Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
We live in a postmodern, post-Christian day, which we have known for some time. For most this statement has been made intellectually. With the moral and cultural sea-changes, and the speed with which they are happening, parallel with a moral tsunami, many are for the first time beginning to feel and experience palpably some of the implications of what we have for many years only known abstractly or experienced vicariously.
These shifts require a different way of thinking, engaging, and speaking, without compromising the Word of God or Christian faithfulness. In response to this reality, all too often one either ends up accommodating to the culture, or separating from the culture. As faithful followers of Christ, though we are in the world we are not of the world (Jn. 17). We are, as Jesus states, salt and light (Matt. 5:13-16). As Christians, it is not what we will be but what we are. It is vital for us to remember that during these days and live based on that truth.
We need to figure out how to live the Christian life with faithfulness in a post-Christian day. This explains the focus of our upcoming EFCA Theology Conference, “Christian Faithfulness in a Changing Culture.” This Conference is important for leaders, pastors and churches as we think about these matters and engage faithfully with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have also included a detailed schedule which explains in detail the focus of each message.
The Conference is drawing near, January 22-24, so plan to register soon. I look forward to seeing many of you there, both to learn with and from you.