Dan Stringer

navigating the convergence of faith, culture and the common good

Category: church

July 31, 2013

Is there hope for apologetics?

I remember attending a debate in college between a Christian and an atheist. Before it started, the room was abuzz with anticipation, like a stadium before kickoff. After the competitors were introduced to applause and scattered boos, they each proceeded to argue forcefully for their belief system, trading punch lines and other rhetorical jabs. Along...

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March 27, 2013

Book review: Creating a Missional Culture

Who has time to read every new book with the word “missional” in its title? Personally, I haven’t always been a fan of how this buzzword gets used, whether to baptize PR strategies aimed at boosting Christianity’s poll numbers or to unveil ecclesiological secrets promising to revolutionize the face of ministry as we know it....

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January 30, 2013

Why the local church?

The church is no ordinary organization. We know this intuitively, as even the word ‘church’ can provoke strong reactions. Many of my postmodern peers seek deep spirituality, but resist the concept of church, preferring instead to identify as spiritual but not religious. Comparing the church to other kinds of organizations is tricky. Every local church has...

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August 22, 2012

7 churches in 9 days

A couple months ago, a rare opportunity arose. My wife, who is employed at our neighborhood Lutheran church, took a trip to visit her family with our son for 2 weeks. With no official church responsibilities during this period, I suddenly had the freedom to partake of wild and crazy weekend indulgences I’ve always wanted...

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November 6, 2011

What you can’t blog about

We 21st century Westerners seem increasingly comfortable sharing our baggage online. If you experience poor customer service or an expensive car repair, it’s fair game for a tweet or status update. In my case, I had a son who got cancer and died, so I blogged about it. No one told me to stop or change the...

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