May 2010


Trekkies are weird.  There, I said it.  But, I must grudgingly admit that I am able to connect with them on some level.  I am a Lostie.  For the past four years, Kim and I have caught up on and set our schedules around LOST.  Sunday evening the show ended.  I have a couple of thoughts I would like to share with you.

  1. The show was the greatest television series of my lifetime.
  2. The finale was the greatest ending for a television series ever.
  3. I suffered through the Seinfeld finale, which was pointless.  It accomplished nothing.
  4. The LOST finale accomplished what it intended to do: answer the big questions (what happened to the characters) while leaving a certain amount of ambiguity and questions so we can continue to think and discuss the philosophical issues that were prevalent in this series.  One of the big draws to LOST was the ambiguity that made us think and discuss.  I think that many who were disappointed in the finale are forgetting what LOST was about.
  5. I think that all television series should learn a lesson from LOST and have a planned series life.  I am actually ready to move on with my life without LOST (and at this point I diverge with my Trekkie friends).
  6. I think that LOST touched on the spiritual nerve of our world.
  7. I think that LOST intrigued Christians because of its allusions to the Christian metanarrative in its philosophical themes (good vs. evil; free will vs. determinism; faith vs. reason; etc.).
  8. I think that LOST made many people angry because it deliberately focused on ambiguity.
  9. I think that LOST made many Christians angry because it was not a Christian show, but they wanted it to be a Christian show.
  10. I think that LOST has and will open up a lot of conversations about the nature of faith, free will and good & evil in the world.  The Christian metanarrative gives a consistent answer to all of the questions and tensions concerning these issues.
  11. I really like what Denny Burk has written about the show and the finale here.

There are a number of buzzwords in evangelicalism.  Social justice, bridge-building, church planting movements.  But, perhaps the biggest and loudest buzzword is adoption.  Evangelicals have bought into adoption.  I recently understood how entrenched we are in the adoption movement.  I was reading an article in Time magazine speaking of international adoptions.  I was amazed that there were only 3,000 children adopted from China in 2009.  Why was I amazed at this number?  Because I know of a number of people who adopted from China.  I expected the number to five digits.

I am thrilled that Christians have taken the lead in adoption.  However, I am wondering if this is a fad.  Will the adoption movement go the way of The Purpose Driven Church, Promise Keepers, and the WWJD?  Or will it last?

Because of what adoption is, I am confident that the passion and zeal of Christ’s church will not wane.  I like what Russell D. Moore says concerning adoption in his book Adopted For Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches.

Adoption is, on the one hand, gospel.  In this, adoption tells us who we are as children of the Father.  Adoption as gospel tells us about our identity, our inheritance, and our mission as sons of God.  Adoption is also defined as mission.  In this, adoption tells us our purpose in this age as the people of Christ.  Missional adoption spurs us to join Christ in advocating for the helpless and the abandoned…Without the theological aspect (gospel), the emphasis on adoption too easily is seen as mere charity.  Without the missional aspect, the doctrine of adoption too easily is seen as mere metaphor.  (17-18)

So many things that evangelicals do are correct, but not thought through a theological grid.  Therefore, a time comes when we question why we are doing it and inevitably, we stop and move on to the next great cause.

Adoption isn’t charity, it is the gospel and the gospel in action.  The gospel-centeredness of adoption guarantees that it is not an evangelical fad.

Kim and I are going to host a summer book club for MCCC members and friends.  If you are interested, here are the details:

  • The Book:  What is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile
  • The Place:  Ken and Kim’s home, email me for address and directions
  • The Time:  7:00-8:30 pm on Wednesday evenings beginning June 9
  • The Reason: a chance to enjoy one another’s company; think more deeply about what responsibilities I have as a member of Jesus Christ’s church
  • How can I order a copy of this book? Click on the hyper-link above

I love to read, here is what I have been and will be reading in May.

  1. Ruth
  2. Ruth Commentaries: John Piper, Dan Block (NAC), Katharine Sakenfeld (Interpretation) and Robert L. Hubbard, Jr. (NICOT)
  3. What is the Gospel by Greg Gilbert
  4. Going Rogue by Sarah Palin (and I am sure some writers and wordsmiths)
  5. What is a Healthy Church by Thabiti Anyabwile
  6. Passing the Baton by Colin Marshall
  7. Christianity Today, Time, Newsweek, Readers Digest and ESPN the magazine

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