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Leadership for Post-Comfortable Christianity

Leadership for Post-Comfortable Christianity

Some writers have described America as moving into a post-Christian era; others have spoken of religious persecution. There is truth in both views. There are large and influential segments within our country that consider Christianity a culturally interesting but otherwise irrelevant vestige. There are pockets of persecution, and some genuine threats to religious freedom in America. But Christianity remains too vibrant here for America to be truly post-Christian after the European model. And although persecution is on the increase—and for…

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Post-Comfortable Christianity

Post-Comfortable Christianity

My November Worldview and You column at BreakPoint: Post-Comfortable Christianity: We stand at a turning point. Some Christian thinkers have described this month’s elections as symbolizing America’s decisive turn into post-Christianity. Respectfully I disagree, though my assessment is no less somber…. I’m describing this new phenomenon as “post-comfortable Christianity.” I’ve tried to come up with another name for it with more zing; I’d be gratified, after all, if I could coin a new term that would catch on widely. I…

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How Prepared Are You?

How Prepared Are You?

As I said at the close of my last post, the reason I chose homosexuality as a topic for discussion is because it’s the most glaring example of our unpreparedness. It is a very difficult topic. It is also impossible to ignore. We have to deal with it, but we cannot deal with it well unless we (pardon the repetition) learn to deal with it well. Our position and reasoning cannot be explained in sound bites. The ideas don’t sit…

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Unprepared

Unprepared

Pastors have long been pleading with their flocks to wake up. I think the awakening is about to come, in at least one sense: if persecution comes, as I proposed as a strong possibility yesterday, it’s going to be a veritable earthquake shaking us out of bed. And then we’ll be running around our bedrooms wondering where our clothes are. In other words, I’m not sure we’re ready to wake up. We’re not quite ready in terms of the depth…

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Preparing for Persecution

Preparing for Persecution

The world is changing on us. Tuesday night after the election results were made known, I tweeted this short word… History teaches: Bad times are bad. Wrong decisions matter. Still God’s kingdom has survived and thrived in worse times; always will. … and I went to bed. Wednesday morning I woke up very early, with a lot on my mind. We have re-elected a President who supports abortion and same-sex “marriage,” whose health care program violates religious freedom by requiring…

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“No Time to Be Caught Sleeping”

“No Time to Be Caught Sleeping”

My current column at BreakPoint: “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12) If any Christians have ever been set to be surprised by a fiery trial, it is American believers today. We’re comfortable. Our culture has felt like a good fit around us. Christianity shaped much of it, and the parts that haven’t been so biblically influenced have at…

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