Whether we like it or not, our culture has shifted to accommodate the ever-growing need for people to feel connected. One of the shifts I’ve noticed is how more and more people are feeling increasingly lonely, depressed, and anxious even though we’re in a time when we’re more “connected” than ever before.
A peer-reviewed journal article published in June of 2019 stated, “Nitrate contamination of drinking water is a serious problem, and especially in the nation’s farm country.” Given the location of Dordt University, the home addresses of many of our family members and friends, and Jesus command to love our neighbors, this seems like a very relevant issue.
Distrust and/or disuse make 2019 a difficult time for any institution. The church is up against both. As one of the oldest and most entrenched institutions in a world suspicious of its work, it’s important to ask whether we ought to shed some of our institutional identity.
“Teaching Christianly” remains a stimulating and ongoing challenge for us all in our undergraduate courses—I haven’t met a Christian college where that’s not the case.
As a Christian professor and pastor who now works in the US after many years in Austria, I sometimes find myself in conversations with Americans who are interested to know about the health of the Christian church in Europe.
We were designed to produce the fruit of the Spirit; it is who we are.