- - Friday, June 24, 2016

Owen Strachan, our friend and the theologian for the popular “Ask the Theologian” series we ran last year, is leading a new initiative called the Center for Public Theology, at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

From Baptist Press:

Strachan, in a June 22 news release, said the Center for Public Theology will engage the public square from a worldview “created by sound doctrine.
… The fallen-ness of this world has not changed in two millennia, and also the church’s commission — its task, its call to preach the Gospel and live faithfully in a fallen world — has not changed either. “We’re living in strange days. The news cycle is dominated by confusing political events. The church is perplexed over how to be the church in this moment,” Strachan said. “It’s my hope that the CPT can help believers think well about our world and engage it as Gospel-shaped salt and light.”
Believers should not be reluctant to engage the public square, he said, but should be plunging in, as they have the most important contributions to make because they represent the very mind of almighty God.

“The rising generation needs to know what the Bible teaches, and how it can be applied to a secular order,” Strachan said. “We find ourselves in a fifth-century moment. Rome is decaying, and all theology is apologetics. All theology is cultural engagement. Your doctrine of God? Your understanding of the atonement? Your vision of the church? It is directly connected to your engagement of the world. For the boundary between the church and the world has fallen, and Christians must continually make their case in the public square, or else take their place in the ash-heap of history.”

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