Category Archives: Future of the Church

Evangelicals and Catholics Explain What Marriage Is and Why It Matters

Time to look past past the misleading headlines and dig into the substance of the Evangelicals and Catholics Together statement on marriage.

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Revisiting 5 Evangelical Trends in This Decade: 2011-2020

At the beginning of this decade, I predicted several trends in evangelicalism. How are they playing out right now?

Also posted in Church Issues, Discipleship | | 13 Comments

Assessing the State of Your Church and How It Got There

If a pastor walks into a church and seeks to understand “what time it is” organizationally, what kind of diagnosis should he expect?

Also posted in Christianity, Church Issues | | 1 Comment

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.

Also posted in Christian Living, Christianity, Church Issues, Discipleship, Theology | | 1 Comment

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.

Also posted in Christian Living, Christianity, Church Issues, Reaching Romania | | 2 Comments

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?

Also posted in Christian Living, Christianity, Church Issues, Discipleship, Missions / Evangelism | | 9 Comments

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.

Also posted in Christianity, Church Issues, Missions / Evangelism, Theology | | 5 Comments

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.”

Also posted in Book Reviews, Christianity, Church Issues, Missions / Evangelism | | 3 Comments

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.

Also posted in Christian Living, Christianity, Church Issues | | 23 Comments