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Infrequently Asked Questions
Who are you?
My name is Luke (or L.T.) Greer and I work for Orchard Group, an organization dedicated to establishing new churches in cities. Previously I served as a missionary and church planter in and around Mexico City. Presently I reside in the heart of Chicago. I’m the husband of a woman who becomes ever more beautiful. And I’m the dad of three clever kids — each one with two passports.
I note and write because I want to sharpen my understading of the world, and to hold beliefs and perspectives that align with reality. I share this online because I know that there are others out there like me.
Why this site?
For years, I’ve been collecting articles, quotes, arguments, blurbs, and links that, for the most part, can be organized under three headings: Church, City, and Culture. At first this site was mostly a link blog (as the archives reveal.) Then, over time, I began adding more original work here, and I've featured a couple of guest writers as well.
With the selection and writing here I aim to bring some harmony to the Internet's and world's discordant noise, at least for myself, and potentially for others as well.
Why church, city, and culture?
My vocations in the pastorate, church planting, and non-profit sector have consistently inhabited this overlap. But also, I post all kinds of things here that interest me or that I'm researching: things on education, cities, globalization, and technology, for example.
We are all living in an era of practically unprecedented globalization, urbanization, and consequently, pluralism. It is in this context that the church is a "gospel outpost." Thinking people everywhere are actively applying themselves and their ideas to the global urban reality, and it is my desire that Christians do likewise.
So you agree with everything you link to here, right?
This site is most useful in terms of "things to think about" rather than "things to (dis)agree with."
People effectively engaging the places and culture around them depends in large part upon their understanding the places and culture around them. The links and writing herein, therefore, provide things to consider and thoughtfully engage.
For my part, I engage as a person who is becoming more and more convinced of the Christian worldview, and how it is exercised in the real world. I am also more and more convinced that every person follows a "gospel" of some kind — something that promises a new, better, or good life. Personally, I believe the historic person of Jesus and the great Christian doctrines about him: his incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension. I confess to the Apostles' Creed. I read the Bible as one coherent story given to people by God to point us to himself in Christ Jesus. I find the five solae a clarifying summary of Christianity's claims: sola scriptura, sola fide, sola gratia, solus Christus, and soli Deo gloria.
What's that shape thing at the top?
I have admired J.R.R. Tolkien's monogram since I was a kid, and always wanted to create my own. After doodling for way too long, I finally arrived at the knotted cross above. (Yes, it contains "L," "T," and "G.") The lettermark has other symbolism as well, but it's probably only interesting to me.
How can I contact you?
I welcome interaction (Twitter is usually the least bad way) about the articles and subjects on this site. However, I'm not glued to social media, so it may take me a few days.
Also, if you come across something that would go well on this site you can tweet at me.