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?
The truth of the matter is that there is no ground for creativity that comes close to the intellectual fertility of Christian theology.
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.
Is it important to pay attention to cultural narratives?
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.
But the shame is in the fact that they, in many ways, show more faith in their beliefs than I do.
The line between noble intentions and prideful purposes is so difficult to see that it's easy for us to cross.
It's in His Gospel that we find the remedy for sin, in any manifestation.
Contra our narcissistic culture, you find yourself when you find God.
The work of Christ applied to our hearts is such an unstoppable, unopposable force that it refigures us entirely.
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.
We prefer power. But oh, to find the beauty of service good again!
The goal is not for Christians to seize power through political maneuvering, but it is instead for Christians to model how the Kingdom of God subverts and redeems power.
Each king must have a prophet.
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.
The gospel is the ultimate "tale as old as time" because we get God.
If you’re a Christian, knowing your personality is not your end game.
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.
Sex simply cannot sustain the weight of our culture's expectations.
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.
If conservatives have lost the culture war and the American church is in decline, what is there for evangelicals to be encouraged by?
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.