What’s One Big Idea for Christianity in the 21st Century?

Jason Micheli —  October 23, 2013 — 6 Comments

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In addition to some Christians leaders and thinkers much more noteworthy than me, I’ve been invited to give a 7-21 Talk at the Christianity21 Conference in Denver this January.

A 7-21 Talk is a 7-minute talk with 21 slides, timed at 20 seconds each. It could either prove an interesting challenge for me or a sojourn into PowerPoint hell. As a preacher, a 7 minute time limit is harder to achieve than a 5 minute mile.

So I could use your help:

What’s one big idea you think will characterize Christianity in the 21st century?

What’s one big question you think Christians need to ask in the 21st century?

What’s one big change, practice or perspective that will mark Christianity in the 21st century?

What’s one big thing you think Christians need to relearn, rediscover or reappropriate for the 21st century?

Come up with a good one and I’ll totally give you props in my slideshow (once someone teaches me how to create one).

 

Jason Micheli

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6 responses to What’s One Big Idea for Christianity in the 21st Century?

  1. Jason,
    I think it’s simple. Since I started attending Aldersgate a year and a half ago, I have heard you speaking to this all along. If I am reading you correctly, we are here to take care of people and love people as God loves us. We as Christians need to let go of all the posturing and holier than thou attitudes, and really learn what it means to love people for who they are, not who we think they should be. Sometimes we get those ideas from long held beliefs or references to one of two specific verses of scripture. We need to meet people where they are, and show them, through our actions, that God loves us in spite of our shortcomings, desires, sins, and warts; and that we can love them like that. I don’t believe HE put us on this earth to be divisive or exclusive. In fact, I cling to that with great expectation.
    P.S. I wanted to thank you for your candor in your posts and sermons. I have been forwarding some of your blogs to my 22 year old son who once considered the ministry, but has become rather cynical of all organized religion. I feel that you are someone he can relate to and would take seriously, because there seem to be similarities between the two of you. He is also extremely bright, and contrary (your own word), so he tends to see things differently than most people do. I have high hopes that he will start coming to church again, so he can hear you in person.

  2. Congratulations! You will do a great job and you already know what you need to say!

  3. I think the idea is a variant on the children’s song, “Here is the church.” The idea to focus on is “where are the people?” Are the in the church or are in the streets and countryside? Where did Wesley go when he was barred from the formal church? Maybe we need to be going there again.

  4. I agree with Diane. Love is the message, directive, and challenge. It is a verb, an action word, and it must be our choice, above all else, for all people. That was the strongest message Christ had for us and the most difficult to demonstrate. Some people are easy to love, many are not, but Christ did not differentiate. Love your neighbor, whether he speaks your language, lives in your country, worships your God, or votes the way you do. Do it to the best of your ability. Period.
    Congratulations on your invitation to the convention, we are very blessed to have you at Aldersgate!

  5. To the last question I would point to this by Spurgeon: http://spurgeonwarquotes.wordpress.com/

  6. This isn’t as big and deep as others’ posts but something I always wonder is how the church can attract young adults again. Where we moved from (Atlanta) mega-churches were the thing. My sister used to go to a church where the preacher was a hologram. Seriously! There was a game show type thing as an intro and it was filled with lasers and fog. To me it seemed like people were there for a concert, to ‘worship’ Louie Giglio and his celebrity status. As I get older I feel like church should be personal, reverent. It is a spiritual experience (or is most of the time for me), so why does it feel like it’s not like that anymore. People wear shorts and flip flops, low-cut dresses and too short skirts. Are we watering down the sanctity of the church experience? Or should I just go to a Baptist church? Lo

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