Lutheran pastor Jerome E. Burce addresses the challenge of mission and ministry in postmodern North American culture. Proclaiming the Scandal describes the Good News as "folly" and a "stumbling block" which is no easier to believe and preach today than in the early centuries of the church.
Burce is a disciple of Lesslie Newbigin and pays homage to current American interpreters of the conservative yet ecumenical "Gospel and Culture" movement. At the same time the author speaks authentically from his own confessional tradition, sharing insights with a universal appeal.
We are a "confessionally challenged" people, writes Burce, borrowing from Stephen L. Carter the view that religious speech is discouraged in public places today (The Culture of Disbelief, 1993). As a result, the secularized congregants in our pews tend to be "religious agnostics" rather than true believers.