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.
It is a very difficult thing indeed to be a boldly biblical Christian in elite culture today.
After 2,000 years, don't we know by now what the gospel is? Haven't we "been-there-done-that?" Why do we need one book after another on the same old topic?
In the religion news headlines this week is the story of a pastor who has decided the Bible condones homosexuality. His church, it seems, has determined to see how they might live in a tension between those who agree and disagree. Dr. Mohler has a reflective piece on the situation. It is likely not a coincidence that the pastor in question has a son who has recently come out…
We familyolaters take what most of us consider the most important thing in our lives and give it the weight of our worship in a way that is both dishonorable and unsustainable. And we end up living "Thus saith the family" rather than "Thus saith the Lord."
While there certainly should be political and legal discussions about these events, the most important question we must always ask is, “What would Jesus say about it?”
We ask Trevin Wax, "What will the American evangelical landscape look like in 20 years?"
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.
Christians should have nothing to do with utilitarian arguments against abortion.
As changing views on gay marriage, among others, go to show, secularization marches on. Traditionalists may be on the losing end of historic real estate, at least for now, as well as booed out of the public square for their views on sex. Down the road, though, they still look to possess something else critical.
And then I look from Judges to my newsfeed, and I see videos of tiny human beings, who have been dismembered, who have been packaged up, sold, and utilized for research. I look to my newsfeed and see the celebration of sexual freedom, that lauds sex without cost or price.
There is much in life that cannot be fixed, but must simply be endured. Pastors are fitted for this reality.
It's in His Gospel that we find the remedy for sin, in any manifestation.
Thinking through these questions often can help identify your stream as a gospel-filled well your followers should drink from often or a gospel-less pit followers should avoid.
In a thread of confirmation bias, hate, uncareful thinking, narcissism, and over exaggerations, be the voice of gospel reason.
Remember, a cross and the pursuit of the good of others should mark your Christian life. This must be true for your social media presence as well.
Your justification isn’t in the fact that you don’t post selfies or engage in over-the-top political comment streams. It’s in the blood of a murdered Son.
The increasing presence of transgender individuals demonstrates humanity’s underlying desire to understand themselves, to achieve a sense of wholeness.
There is much wisdom when you have a love for people wherever you find them, urban or rural.
What if I go there to show the love of Jesus; to show some grace? After all, didn’t Jesus hang out with sinners?
Christians should defend the religious liberty of other faiths with as much zeal as they defend their own.
While it is tempting to try to join into the current media trend of “whoever yells the loudest must be right,” there might just be a better way
From a global and epochal perspective, we have a rare privilege! Few Christ-followers have ever enjoyed the level of freedom that God has given to us to engage our neighbors and our government with our Biblical worldview.
What are some practical things local churches should do to be prepared to be on mission in the new "exile?”
Russell Moore answers the question: How political should a local church pastor get with his flock?
We asked Dr. Russell Moore, president of the ERLC, "Is it a sin to abstain from certain votes?"
What gives you the eyes to see and ears to hear the image of God in your fellow man clearly and truly other than the gospel?
Throughout the Scriptures, believers are challenged to respond to society in a way reflective of the amazing love and grace we have received from God, while not allowing thoughts of self-preservation to dictate the ways in which we interact with our culture.
It was not justice for the state to sanction same-sex marriage. It is in fact injustice, because it sanctions as "righteous" what God has called unrighteous.
Pastors all over the country will learn a great deal about the health of their respective congregations on November 13th.
What is the one thing you would say to the pastor concerned about cultural decline?
What is the one thing you would tell churches about the days ahead?
In the real world of the twenty-first century, the Christian’s sojourn through our contemporary culture is very much like that of the Fellowship of the Ring's journey through the Mines of Moria.
We have a lot to learn from the global church in how to follow God in our current time.
Ethics at the level of the local church is never an enterprise to puff up the church’s standing based on moralism. All that we do proceeds from who we are.
We ask Jonathan Leeman, "In what way should a church be political?"
Whatever happened to Generation X?
So, the argument goes, if Jesus says that people will know his disciples by the love that they show, many Christians today are clearly not true disciples. Have you heard this line of thinking before? Should this force Christians to re-think about the stances the Bible seems to take against sin? If the world doesn’t recognize our love as love, should we be worried?
How important is it for preachers to pay attention to cultural trends and popular media?
Must we teach our teens to be responsible, to cherish their purity, and to save the gift of sexual intimacy for marriage? Yes, without question. But so many of our
efforts amount to condemning present affections without that expulsive power of a new one.
For the believer committed to upholding the authority of God's Word, seemingly inherent desires never justify a choice to sin. The real issue at the heart of the matter is the answer to the question: “Which matters most to me, the way I feel or what God says?”
Our twenty-first-century culture is quite taken with a literal “alien savior”—Doctor Who. Like ancient kings of old, the Doctor spans the gap between humanity and that which lies outside our grasp. But there is one significant difference . . .
Managing editor Jared Wilson explains the vision of For The Church as a place to help contribute to the burgeoning "writing culture" developing in the gospel-centered movement.
Above all, preach unceasingly the glory of the Kingdom that is here and is to come; it is the only hope we have in these “last days.” We must all “do the work of an evangelist.”
Cultural Opposition: Lie Down, Lean In, Lay Low, or Leave?
An entire city repented from their sin? The kinds of sin that Nineveh was involved in were not minor. How is it that a city in love with wickedness could repent, all in one shot?
What are some of American's favorite false Jesuses?
In Christ, we no longer need to perform image maintenance and reputational management.