Category Archives: Future of the Church

4 Ways a Christian Leader Should Know “What Time It Is”

Christian leadership is never timeless. Instead, it is a timely application of God-given wisdom regarding specific decisions that must be made in particular moments in time.

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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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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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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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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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Tim Keller on the Disappearing Umbrella Over Conservative Christians

Now that the middle identifies more with secularism than with nominal Christianity, devout Christians are taking public flak for their views.

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“Because We’re Christians, Kids”

We want our kids to be okay when they are in step with the kingdom and out of step with the world.

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The Fault Lines Before the Evangelical Earthquake

The World Vision decision was a tremor that warns us of a coming earthquake in which churches and leaders historically identified with evangelicalism will divide along all-too-familiar fault lines.

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“God’s Like That” – What My Kids Got From Studying Hosea

God tells a prophet to marry a prostitute, give their children horrible names, and then go back and purchase his wife after she is unfaithful. How do you teach this story to kids?

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