It's time to explain the name of our blog- metropuritan (a word I made up). Let me start by telling you about a bad word I learned in college.
In academia, "Truth" "Conservative" "Intolerance" are equivalent to some crass words- but the King of all swear words in college was "Puritanical." In semantics class, I learned that you should never desire this label. These are the outcasts of society, the right wing, abortion center bombing, religious radicals, "evangelical", gay hating, politically polarizing, fox news watching Americans that- for all the enlightened minds can figure out- are spiritual nut jobs that came from outer space.
Tragically, so many people from the past are forgotten, misunderstood, or even demonized in our modern culture. One example- the Puritans. Although modern scholars encourage a low view of the Puritans, I esteem them. They weren't perfect, but they were the people of conviction, faith, and perseverance that founded this great country. Of course they were flawed. The more I read about them, I'm actually shocked at how flawed they were (some of their treatment of Native Americans was shameful, their intolerance toward other expressions of Christianity was overboard and often hypocritical- all for another blog), and yet how divinely destined they were to found what is now the U.S.A. But how is a study of them different from a study of characters from the Bible? Such standouts as Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon, Rahab, Apostle Paul, Apostle Peter- liars, murderers, immoral, prostitute, and violent men- are the "heroes" of our heritage of faith.
So this is the etymology of the word...
"Metro" (short for metropolitan) is "a person who has the sophistication, fashionable taste, or other habits and manners associated with those who live in a metropolis. Esp. in culture, accepting and combining a wide variety of people, ideas, etc."
"Puritan" is "a member of a group of Protestants that arose in the 16th century within the Church of England, demanding the simplification of doctrine and worship, and greater strictness in religious discipline"
I love culture. I love history. I love hip. I love radical Christ followers.
Therefore, "metropuritan" seemed to be a nice blend of these, juxtaposing modernity with antiquity.