Throughout the centuries, Christians have faced the vexing question: How are we to live as Christians in the midst of a secular culture? This question reaches to the heart of Christian discipleship and the meaning of the Gospel–and challenges the church of the twenty-first century no less than the earliest disciples.
George Orwell once described political language as words designed “to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” Orwell’s comment comes immediately to mind when considering the formation of the new “Clergy Leadership Network,” a new group of liberal religious leaders who intend to become “the Christian Coalition of the left.” This group is likely to produce considerable wind in its arguments, if not in its sails.
Thom Rainer thinks that most Christians have no clue about how unchurched people really think. Given Christianity’s mandate for evangelism, this represents a big problem.
The Christmas season comes each year with the expected flurry of media attention to the biblical accounts of Christ’s conception and birth. The general thrust…
As Solomon warned, “Of making many books there is no end” (Ecc 12:12). There is no way to read everything, and not everything deserves to be read. I say that in order to confront the notion that anyone, anywhere, can master all that could be read with profit. I read a great deal, and a large portion of my waking hours are devoted to reading.
We must speak the truth in love and seek to be good neighbors to all, but we cannot abandon the faith just because we are told that we are now on the wrong side of history.
Presidents of the United States are usually awful as theologians. In far too many cases, the closer they get to anything theological, the bigger the…