Rev. Dr. Glenn Packiam is an Associate Senior Pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is the lead pastor of New Life Downtown, one of the seven congregations of New Life Church. He has authored several books, including this latest, “Worship and the World to Come: Exploring Christian Hope in Contemporary Worship.” Glenn earned a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry from Durham University in the United Kingdom and is an ordained priest with the Anglican Church of North America. Glenn, his wife, Holly, and their four children are enjoying life in the shadow of the mighty Rocky Mountains.
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Key Questions for Glenn Packiam
-Have you addressed Christian nationalism in your congregation?
-What do you say to people who see the United States as God’s chosen nation?
-Do you think this issue of Christian nationalism could potentially cause a schism in the evangelical church in the U.S.?
Key Quotes from Glenn Packiam
“We cross a line when we start to believe that God has a vested interest in the material prosperity of one nation over another or of one party over another. Any time we claim God is on our side, we start to make a dangerous conflation that is a form of idolatry.”
“Labels tend to lump people and I don’t want, as a pastor, to say, ‘Oh there’s my far right crowd. There’s my left crowd.’…I want to remember that people are complex.”
“When we don’t recognize that the church is a Kingdom community, we think the church is just a collection of individuals who are saved, who are trying to pass the time on a Sunday from now until they die.”