David F. Wells wrote a four-book series critiquing the past and present state of theology and the evangelical Church amidst our prevalent post-Christian culture. Wells’ second book in that series, God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams serves as the inspiration for the title of this blog.

I’m not suggesting that Minneapolis, or life as a Christian in the West, is a wasteland (although it often feels like it). I’m simply acknowledging that living in the city–even for Christians–while exciting and rewarding, is often filled with hardship, suffering, loneliness, doubt and despair.

But it’s not the way it’s supposed to be.

Amidst this stark dilemma, I’m hopeful because of the Gospel.

This blog is a humble attempt to embrace the city and the church with all its beauty, diversity, contradiction and ruin, with the God who made it and who will ultimately redeem it.

Wells was right: God is alive in the wasteland.

Soli Deo Gloria,

Michael L. Johnson