Ministry in the Emerging Postmodern World

Here is a succinct slide show that begins to describe the important distinctions between modernity and postmodernity, and what a difference that makes for people of faith.

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I think it’s a few years old, but since it’s new to me, I figured it might be new to a few other folks as well. Thanks to the ever-resourceful Mike Morrell for passing it on.

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • Tyler

    good overview. i think you have some pretty accurate stuff. the one thing i would encourage is to use scripture for skeptics to see that even social change took place in the bible and that it wasn’t a negative thing.

  • Jon

    Great post. Reminds me of some of Brian McLaren’s introductions to gently let people know “we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

    BTW, you keep blogging at an unbelievable pace, when most bloggers I know are slowing down considerably. I’m examining this phenomenon at, and I’d really appreciate it if you could add your two cents as well.

  • http://http.// Beth

    Thanks, Carl-
    Tracy , who was a prof at University of Chicago, was a visiting professor at Iliff School of Theology when I was a student in the early 90′s, and was one of the most memorable. The work I did then with post-modernity (in which I connected the dots with eastern religious worldviews) has been especially important to my life since.

    I highly recomment “Theology After Vedanta” for anyone interested in some serious wrestling with post-modernity.