Resources by Owen Strachan

Owen Strachan is Associate Professor of Christian Theology and Director of the Center for Public Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. Owen is a contributing writer for The Gospel Coalition and is a frequent conference speaker. He has authored numerous books, including Awakening the Evangelical MindThe Pastor as Public Theologian (with Kevin Vanhoozer), and Essential Evangelicalism: The Enduring Influence of Carl F.H. Henry.

Mar 4, 2016

Your Neo-Pagan Neighbor and The Gospel by Owen Strachan

It’s right as a believer to be alarmed, saddened, and discomfited by the modern trajectory of the American soul. In all seriousness, feeling these things does not make you geriatric. It signals that you have a conscience, and that it is active. But I do not come to bury our culture.

Oct 21, 2016

Why So Few Christian Intellectuals?

A Response to Alan Jacobs

It is a very difficult thing indeed to be a boldly biblical Christian in elite culture today.

Jun 13, 2017

Why Biblical Manhood Matters by Owen Strachan

Series: 2017 For The Church Phoenix Micro-Conference

Owen Strachan, associate professor of Christian Theology and Director of the Center for Public Theology

Mar 29, 2017

Why Artists Need Theology by Owen Strachan

The truth of the matter is that there is no ground for creativity that comes close to the intellectual fertility of Christian theology. 

Nov 22, 2016

What Trump Hath Wrought: 6 Election Takeaways by Owen Strachan

As evangelicals seeking to engage the city of man, what are we to make of this year's Presidential election? Here are six brief thoughts.

Jan 28, 2017

Truth in a Shifting Culture by Owen Strachan

Series: 2017 Ready Conference

Dr. Owen Strachan preaches on "Truth in a Shifting Culture" at the 2017 Ready Conference at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College.

Jan 27, 2016

The World Needs Pastors by Owen Strachan

There is much in life that cannot be fixed, but must simply be endured. Pastors are fitted for this reality.

Sep 26, 2017

The Minister's Study

An FTC17 Sermon

Series: 2017 For The Church National Conference

Owen Strachan's message on "The Minister's Study" delivered at the 2017 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 14, 2017

The Kidification of America

On the Goodness of Maturity

Contra our narcissistic culture, you find yourself when you find God.

Apr 29, 2016

The Key to a Strong Marriage by Owen Strachan

Don’t say you’re a sinner but then act, practically, as if you’re not.

Mar 8, 2017

The Gospel Is Bad News For Our Stereotypes by Owen Strachan

The work of Christ applied to our hearts is such an unstoppable, unopposable force that it refigures us entirely.

Mar 7, 2018

The Curious Case of the Adult 9 Year-Old by Owen Strachan

Our culture is not only opposed at present to the gospel. It is opposed to the very concept of reality itself.

Sep 25, 2018

The Church Prophetic

An FTC18 Sermon

Series: 2018 For The Church Conference

Dr. Owen Strachan's message on "The Church Prophetic" delivered at the 2018 For The Church National Conference

Jan 25, 2017

The America We Forgot by Owen Strachan

There is much wisdom when you have a love for people wherever you find them, urban or rural.

Jul 20, 2016

Spider Webs of Our Own Making

Pride and the Christian Life

We Christians of all backgrounds and proclivities can trap ourselves in webs of pride that threaten to kill our spirituality and love for the Lord.

Dec 21, 2017

So Many Males, So Few Men

The #MeToo Moment and Manhood

The tragic reversal of manhood noted, there is still hope, great and surging hope. As long as there is a church, there is a place where men are remade.

Apr 8, 2016

Should We Tell Our Little Girls That They're Princesses? by Owen Strachan

If virtuous conduct is what we mean by telling our little girls they’re “princesses,” then cool. I wonder, though, if “princess” culture can, perhaps unintentionally, encourage girls to construe their self-identity narcissistically and aesthetically.

Feb 19, 2016

Should Pastors Be Scholars? by Owen Strachan

It is possible to be a pastor-theologian who not only feeds the sheep a rich theistic diet (which is the essence of the office per Christ’s words to Peter in John 21), but makes contributions beyond the pulpit.

Apr 19, 2018

Rob Bell, Fundamentalist: 5 Ironies from the New Bell Film by Owen Strachan

It’s the strangest thing: the heretic is actually the fundamentalist.

May 16, 2017

MBTS Chapel with Dr. Owen Strachan by Owen Strachan

Dr. Owen Strachan preaching Revelation 12:10-12 at MBTS Chapel.

Aug 10, 2016

Killing Narcissism

How Focusing on Others Might Just Save Our Souls

Every Christian in every place could likely use a reminder that life is not about us, and thus we should not structure our lives as if it is.

Feb 1, 2018

John Piper Is a Very Bad Man: On Complementarity and Seminary Professors by Owen Strachan

Is complementarity–male leadership in the home and church, especially–a matter of gifting, or a matter of essence?

Oct 10, 2017

Jesus Did Not Die So You Could Be Cool

In Praise of "Christian Culture"

Jesus did not die so you could be cool. Jesus died so you could escape the torments of hell and sing his praises in the new heavens and new earth for all eternity.

Apr 27, 2017

Is Singleness a Problem - or an Opportunity? by Owen Strachan

Singleness on its own terms is not a problem. In Scripture, it’s an opportunity.

Jan 27, 2018

Is Jesus Lord?

2018 Ready Conference

Series: 2018 Ready Conference

Dr. Owen Strachan speaks on the Lordship of Christ at the 2018 Ready Conference for students.

Jun 22, 2016

Is It Anti-gospel to Teach Kids Self-control Before Conversion? by Owen Strachan

Your children will thank you after their conversion that you trained them in good habits, even as they will recognize that only the gospel truly sustains holy living.

May 26, 2017

If Everyone's a Visionary, Why Do We All Sound So Alike? by Owen Strachan

The truly aberrant among us are those submit themselves to the Lord.

Nov 9, 2016

How God is Moving on Secular Campuses by Owen Strachan

Now is not a time for retreat; now is a time to go big, trust God, and reach out to sinners like us in truth and in love.

Jul 14, 2017

How Can Pastors Have a “Gospel-Centered” Ministry? by Owen Strachan

For the glory of God, the pastor labors to make the message of Christ’s finished work known to needy, hell-bound sinners.

Aug 10, 2018

Having Faith in Doubt: A Response to Steven Furtick by Owen Strachan

We believe in and confess that his death has absorbed the Father’s just wrath and washed our sin away. 

Dec 1, 2017

Go Set a Watchman

Carl Lentz and the Demands of Christian Ethics

Show people that the Word of God is so precious that you will risk everything to defend it and declare it. 

Jun 21, 2018

Fathers' Day and the Father's Delight by Owen Strachan

The church must spot the lie. The church must preach and teach the truth. The church must celebrate God-made order.

Dec 22, 2016

Do Something Awesome and Build a Family by Owen Strachan

The way to happiness is when we exchange our sin and selfishness and small dreams for something harder and better and God-honoring.

Nov 3, 2017

Doctrine is for Joy by Owen Strachan

The truth of God is a gateway to paradise. 

May 9, 2018

Did the Atonement Break the Trinity? by Owen Strachan

The fact that “Christ came to get us out of hell” isn’t a small thing, but is a truth so wondrous we’ll proclaim it for all eternity.

Jan 8, 2016

Churches, Promote Your Worship Dude by Owen Strachan

In a good number of churches, the person who leads music operates in limbo. Half rock-star, half-minister, the worship leader doesn’t know exactly where he stands, and the church isn’t quite sure what to think about him. Where this kind of confusion exists, a solution is needed.

Sep 21, 2016

Christ Our All: Image Maintenance in the Age of Emojis by Owen Strachan

In Christ, we no longer need to perform image maintenance and reputational management. 

Oct 1, 2019

Christ and Culture

An FTC19 Sermon

Series: 2019 For The Church National Conference

Owen Strachan's message on "Christ and Culture" delivered at the 2019 For The Church National Conference.

Nov 4, 2015

Can You Be A Sold-Out Christian in the Suburbs? by Owen Strachan

Whether you live in the country, the ‘burbs, or a global city, you have the opportunity to honor the Lord and taste the enthralling power of his gospel.

Aug 2, 2017

Bill Nye and the Goodness of Children by Owen Strachan

We cannot miss that what Bill Nye and his panel see as a cancer the Scripture sees as a blessing.

Jun 1, 2018

A Response to Andy Stanley on “Theological Correctness” by Owen Strachan

Our pursuit of unity in the body does not relax our love of theology, and our desire to handle the Word with care.

Feb 22, 2017

Angry Twitter and Confused Christians by Owen Strachan

While important matters call for our earthly attention, we cannot forget that the church's unique commission is to promote a kingdom that cannot be shaken.

Feb 5, 2016

A New Model for Single Living by Owen Strachan

Be refreshingly honest, pour out your heart to a kind God, build a spiritual family, and live a full-throttle life.

Jan 11, 2018

A Giant Has Fallen Among Us: MBTS Remembers R.C. Sproul by Owen Strachan

This is the reality about all who are in Christ: from the mightiest to the weakest, all who love the holiness of God rise, redeemed and renewed, in heaven.

Jun 1, 2016

5 Quick Thoughts on Manhood and Sports by Owen Strachan

Warrior culture and biblical manhood are not the same thing. They do not lead to the same result.

Jan 15, 2016

10 Ways to Exercise Christlike Headship by Owen Strachan

Here are ten practical ways by which godly husbands can practice Christlike headship in their home.