Category Archives: Christianity

What Happens When You Judge the Church “Now” By the Kingdom’s “Not Yet”

We shouldn’t be surprised that the local churches we belong to are communities where we see vibrant manifestations of God’s power and perplexing messiness at the same time.

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Give Me the Doubly Offensive Jesus, Please

Jesus said He came to call sinners to repentance. The church is offended that Jesus’ call is for sinners. The world is offended that He calls for repentance.

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How To Implement a Communist Revolution in 3 Easy Steps

In Romania, the socialist ideologues focused on three spheres of influence. Here’s who they targeted and how they took over.

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Mission in a Secular Age: A Conversation with James K. A. Smith

We are the heirs of societal shifts that are 500 years old. It might look like you’re witnessing a revolution, but it turns out it’s been percolating for centuries.

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Discipleship in the “Age of Authenticity”

How should the church witness to the gospel in an age of self-expression and resisting conformity to anything outside yourself?

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Is The Era of Mass Evangelism Over? Why We Shouldn’t Rule Out Another Billy Graham

Greg Laurie and Luis Palau are exceptions to the rule, but evangelistic meetings and revival services are in the past. Right? Jake Hanson says, “Not so fast.”

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Rugged Rationalism and the Church’s Alternative Story

What if the subconscious reason for abandoning faith is the rugged appeal of rationalism – the fierce facing of reality, however stark the picture may be?

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The Mirage of “Golden Age” Christianity

Church history is a treasure box, not a map. We don’t honor our forbearers by seeking to return to their times; we honor them by receiving their wisdom and learning from their victories and failures.

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3 Definitions of “Secular” and Why They Matter for Our Mission

Our missional engagement will suffer if we see ourselves in a battle between “religion” and “secularity.”

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The Mars Hill Postmortem

4 things I hope we can learn from the events at Mars Hill.

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