Like many Evangelicals who came of age in the ‘60s and ‘70s, I was first challenged to seriously consider what it means to live as a Christian in a modern secular society by evangelical missionary Francis Schaeffer. The search for a richer understanding of the Christian life led to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where I completed the Master of Arts in Religion.
I didn’t go to seminary to become a pastor or missionary, or some other professional Christian. My goal was to learn more about what I professed to believe, so I focused on Church history, apologetics, theology and Bible content.
Although I didn’t know it at the time, the seeds of The Humanitas Forum on Christianity and Culture were in place when I graduated from Trinity some thirty years ago. It was while writing a major paper, “Towards a Theology of the Laity,” that I began to ask the “What does it mean to be a Christian?” question. The first formulation reflected my employment in industrial sales and marketing at that time: “What does it mean to follow Jesus in a large, modern corporation?”
Today, the latest version of this question guides the work of The Humanitas Forum: “What does it mean to follow Jesus in contemporary post-Christian culture?” In other words, what does it mean to be a Christian in each of the public sectors of our secular society—the arts, the media, medicine, law, education, technology, popular culture, government, business, science, industry, and agriculture?
Michael and Janet have five children, four boys and a girl. We’re delighted with each, and as they say here in the hills of Tennessee, they’ve all “turned out above their raisin’ ” — a college physics professor, a college philosophy professor, two classical guitarists, and a college junior who aspires to make movies. Our two eldest sons are both married—adding two lovely women to our family!
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