Candy Machine God, or, Going to Church without Going to Church: Millennials and the Future of the Christian Faith by Chad Lakies

Mar 17, 2014 No Comments by

In this article, I try to give background to some of the sociological data that describes the relationship between Millennials and the church. Since the modern American religious context has for some time been described as therapeutic, I explore this to help explain recent work which characterizes Millennials as embodying and desiring this form of [...]

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Working the Harvest in Digital Fields by Joel C. Oesch

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Reaching the Millennial generation with the message of Jesus Christ is a particularly unique and challenging enterprise. They simultaneously exist in two worlds: The Real and the Virtual. Online social networks have become an intriguing medium for identity formation, yet they subtly reinforce a mind-body dualism that is potentially destructive. The essay seeks to identify [...]

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The Millennials: Reflections on Reaching a Lost Generation for Christ by Sarah Guldalian

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There are 80 million Millennials in the United States. Most of them are living outside the church. What’s worse is that they’re living without Jesus. The eternal impact of our silence as witnesses is tragic for them, but doing things the same old way as before isn’t moving us forward either. Learn about these unique [...]

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On Millennials and Story by Jeff Cloeter

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If Millennials are viewed as a distinct people group, the church must understand their particular cultural realities. In this essay, Rev. Jeff Cloeter lifts up a narrative approach to communicating the gospel in a culture which values personal experience and converses in story. Under Modernity’s influence, the church has tended to convey the faith in [...]

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Millennials and Maslow: First Article Needs and Christian Apologetics by Jonathan Ruehs

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The collegiate experience is a time of transition that seems to bring about a natural “growing pain” experience for young adults. Since the 1970s, the theological discipline of apologetics has been closely identified with campus ministry. The Millennial generation, which is that generation currently in college, in some respects echoes previous generations in regard to [...]

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Embracing Luther’s Theology of Tentatio as Key to Reaching the Millennial Generation by Ryan T. Fouts

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Over the last decade, much has been written about the emergence of a “therapeutic” approach to Christian faith, particularly among America’s youth (See Christian Smith’s Soul Searching or Philip Rieff’s The Triumph of the Therapeutic). Some, attempting to meet this felt need, have made a concerted effort to add a therapeutic dimension to their method and their message. [...]

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Bringing the Gospel to a New Culture by Matthew J. Peeples

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To summarize all the statisticians and futurists, the church is done with business as usual, but are we the only ones saying that? The reality is marketers and advertisers are saying the same thing. Which gives us hope. The drastic cultural shift we have experienced is something everyone is wrestling with. So what can we [...]

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Sacramental Theology and the Third Place by Paul Mueller

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What does sacramental theology have to do with the third place (whatever that is)? This article briefly challenges the reader to consider sacramental theology and sacramental living as two sides of the same coin, and what that means in the life of a Christian and in the life of the church. If, as a quoted [...]

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The Church and the Culture of the Millennials—The Best or Worst of Times? by Armand J. Boehme

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The Millennials are a group of people who are increasingly leaving religion. What are the reasons this is occurring? Recent studies are examined to find answers to the question. Are there changes in Lutheran beliefs and trends in religious education which might impact outreach to Millennials? What do Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions say in [...]

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It Is About Us, Not Them by Timothy Sternberg

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Resolution 1-10 of the 2010 Convention of the LCMS has identified a core problem of why so many individuals are unaffiliated with the Christian faith today. The challenge to the present-day church lies in Paul’s self-examination in 1 Corinthians 9. Paul’s ministry began with who his audience was and focused on becoming all things to [...]

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