ON THIS EPISODE
The term “woke” has been thrown about with such frequency (and often with such disdain) that the term has almost seemed to have lost its meaning. For many conservatives, “wokeness” has become more of a buzzword for anything liberal––and often radically so.
When this kind of name calling finds its way into the church, it often hinders the furthering of any kind of conversations regarding how we might reimagine the ways we present the gospel to an ever-changing world. This is never more present than in Twitter accounts like Woke Preacher Clips.
In this episode of the podcast, we discuss one instance where a “woke preacher” contemplates how we might tell the gospel story differently. Rather than starting with Genesis 3 (“You’re a sinner”), might it be more effective to start with Genesis 1 (“You are created in the image of God”)?
In our discussion, we wrestle with whether repackaging important biblical themes to fit our cultural context is a concession to a sinful world or a legitimate recontextualization of timeless truths.
We also look to some older sources of theological wisdom from the patristic era to see how the reformation has informed our understanding of what it means to be human (for good or for ill).
Here are the links to the resources we reference in this episode.
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- Video: Sexuality and our Post-Christian Culture: Sam Allberry, Trevin Wax and Brett McCracken
- Video: Timothy Keller interview with Carey Nieuwhof
- Blog Post: Is Wokeness A Danger To The Gospel?
- Is God anti-gay? (Questions Christians Ask) by Sam Allberry
- On The Human Condition: St Basil the Great (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press “Popular Patristics” Series), translated by Nonna Verna Harrison
- God’s Many-Splendored Image: Theological Anthropology for Christian Formation by Nonna Verna Harrison
- Blog: 3 Compelling Reasons For Christians To Focus More On The Goodness Of Humanity
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