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I’m a 30-something, already bored with talking about cutting-edge technology and radical paradigm shifts… give me good old-fashioned liberation!
Just a few years ago my brain buzzed with trendy terms like postmodernism and emergence. Breaking free of fundamentalism, I was ready to participate in something “completely new” (forgetting Ecclesiastes 1). I saw the ancientfuture fusion of traditional liturgy with high-tech multimedia and cultural savvy as salvation for a scared and confused Christendom. But today, the church remains in ruts that predate the contemporary conversations intended to save it.
This is an excerpt from an essay in Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50. Download the e-book for free.
Eric D. Barreto is assistant professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minn. Prior to joining Luther Seminary, he served in Atlanta as an adjunct professor at the Candler School of Theology and McAfee School of Theology.
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