Dan Stringer

navigating the convergence of faith, culture and the common good

Category: theology

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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February 25, 2011

The best sermon I’ve heard on suffering

Growing up in an evangelical household, attending a Christian high school and a Christian college, I’ve heard a lot of sermons in my day. Good ones, lousy ones, eloquent ones, rambling ones, condescending ones and fantastic ones. I’ve even been known to preach a few mediocre ones myself but that’s another can of grubs. Thankfully,...

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January 25, 2011

Socialization, the Bible and mental illness

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick.” –Matthew 9:6 True story. Last night, the instructor for my mental health practice course referenced the fact that people who are diagnosed with a severe mental illness will sometimes wander into churches because “they want to see Jesus.” Makes sense, I thought. If the...

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