Mooring in Troubled Times

You might not know this but the numbers of people who say they attend church at least monthly has declined to below 50% nationwide. This is unprecedented in the history of our nation and it has many ramifications. One effect is that people do not have the same starting place or context for civil discourse. This has been disorienting to many, especially to active Christians. It also gives us a real opportunity: the opportunity to ask ourselves as the church (and as Saint Thomas’, in particular), “What is my context? What is my foundation? Who and what makes me what I am and gives me my priorities? What is it that defines reality and determines life’s center of gravity?” For confessional Christians, the answer comes easily, if you know where to look. Thankfully, I know where to look and that place is the subject of this little article. First of all, what is a confessional Christian? A confessional Christian is a Christian who has a confession of faith that is authoritative in his or her expression of Christianity. It typically…