The Christian church in the West is struggling to embody faithfulness in a culture that is rapidly changing. Many church leaders labor under a nagging sense that they need help—both in the work of understanding their culture and in the work of teaching their people to live faithfully within it. The goal of this series is to help leaders understand the character of our secular age, identify some specific challenges and highlight the opportunities that exist for the Church to bring hope wherever she exists. This seven-part series unveils the six practices of the church that have always brought hope to the faithful and love to their surrounding community.
This Q series, hosted by Gabe Lyons, features an exclusive, commissioned Q Talk delivered by Dr. Greg Thompson and is divided into segments for easy consumption. Each segment builds on the last and helps establish how the church can lead with love even in the midst of dramatic change within society.
Greg Thompson received his Ph.D in The Theology, Ethics, and Culture program in the University of Virginia’s department of Religious studies. His dissertation, “An Experiment in Love: Martin Luther King and the Re-imagining of American Democracy,” explores King’s public theology of love. His other areas of research include Christian theology, Social theory, Political theology, and African American Intellectual history. Greg is an associate fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, an intellectual community committed to understanding cultural change and its social consequences, at the University of Virginia and considers the role of theological communities in the service of the common good. Greg is a lead scholar on the Institute’s Vocations and Common Good project.
Gabe Lyons is the co-author of Good Faith: Being a Christian when Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme and unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity and Why it Matters. Gabe is also the founder of Q Ideas – a learning community that mobilizes Christians to advance the common good in today’s society. Called “sophisticated and orthodox” by the New York Times, Q represents the new generation of Christians. Gabe often speaks on cultural issues where faith and public life intersect.